Seattle has been good to the Millards. Last December, Connie graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in psychology and a 3.43 grade point average. She's now an account executive for a freight distributor. Bryan is one of the Seahawks' most sought-after speakers. Last July he was asked to introduce Merle Haggard at a concert in the Tacoma Dome. After the show Millard sat in Haggard's bus, and the two talked fishing and football. "I tried not to drool," says Millard.
Two weeks later, on their fifth wedding anniversary, Connie presented Bryan with a small Baccarat box. Inside it she had placed a travel brochure of Alaska, some old lures and a Haggard CD. Bryan politely thanked her but couldn't hide his confusion.
"Bryan, think about it for a minute," said Connie.
He scrunched up his forehead. "Does this mean we're going fishing in Alaska sometime?" he asked.
Connie smiled. "Well, you are," she replied, "but I'm not."
Millard was stumped. After a few minutes, his eyes grew wide and his mouth dropped open. "Am I going fishing with the Hag?" he shouted.
"Yep, next June."
"This is the alltime, alltime best present ever!" said Bryan. Then he wrapped his big arms around Connie and gave her a kiss.