Jaguars link stable marriages to good players

Team asks free agents to bring wives to interviews

New Jaguar WR Laurent Robinson checks out the new uniform. He will wear No. 81, not 55.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When wide receiver Laurent Robinson was invited to visit Jacksonville last month to talk about joining the Jaguars, he told the Wall Street Journal that he was asked something no other team in his five years in the NFL had asked: Bring your wife to the interview.

The couple must have made a good impression, as the Jaguars signed the former Cowboys receiver Robinson to a five-year, $32.5 million contract.

New owner Shad Khan told the newspaper that he had the idea from his corporate experience, where he always tries to meet spouses of his top employees and where managers are encouraged to bring their wives to corporate retreats.

The Journal said Khan figured some of the things needed to be a solid player -- staying after practice or putting in extra work -- require a stable home environment.

Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith and the team's new coach, Mike Mularkey, told the newspaper they also see a link between stable marriages and performance on the field.

To read the full report, visit WSJ.com.