Sept Magazine Preview: Tim Couch Part 5

"Between my financial advisor in Cleveland and my brother, they kept me on a tight leash. They questioned everything I spent and still do. They kept me grounded at an important time and made me take care of my money. I could easily have got on the wrong path financially if not for them," Couch said.

"Between my financial advisor in Cleveland and my brother, they kept me on a tight leash. They questioned everything I spent and still do. They kept me grounded at an important time and made me take care of my money. I could easily have got on the wrong path financially if not for them," he said.

He also met his wife, Heather, in Cleveland in 1999.

"Now she can spend the money better than I can," Couch joked. "She grew up with me in the NFL, so she played a big role in my success, too. We do not live a conservative life. Don't get me wrong. We have enjoyed my success. We have a nice house and cars, but we try to keep it to a minimum. We have two cars and we've been trying to sell our house in Florida since our oldest son is in preschool. We would like to go to Florida in the winter, but it's just too hard and will only get harder as our kids get older."

Couch admits things got a "little rocky" with Cleveland coach Butch Davis at the end of his career, but there's no bitterness toward the Browns or their fans on his part. "I made mistakes, but any young quarterback on an expansion team would. I wasn't displeased with the way I played," Couch said. "Cleveland was great for me. Some people ask you how tough those fans can be, but I only had one or two bad incidents there. Those fans were as good to me as any fans I have ever played for, including the ones at Kentucky. They treated me well."

Couch would like to continue to do some TV work if "my wife will let me," but he has no plans to coach. "You never say never, but I've never really planned on that," he smiled and said.

He does plan on watching Kentucky continue to win and succeed under Rich Brooks and eventually under Joker Phillips.

"I am so thrilled to see what coach Brooks is doing. He is such a good person. Kids respect him and you can tell they love playing for him," Couch said. "I love where he has taken the program. When he steps down, Joker will continue right down the same path.


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