The LSU Tigers were on the field carving the defense of Oklahoma in the College Football semifinals, Joe Burrow was having a career night, but the man responsible for giving him the plays to succeed, in the booth was Steve Ensminger, who was going through a horrific day. Before the game started, the coach of LSU told Steve his daughter-in-law died in a plane crash, but the OC of LSU still took the field and won the game for his daughter-in-law, Carley McCord.
Carley McCord was the wife of Steve Ensminger’s son Steve Ensminger Jr., and she was on a small plane to Atlanta, where she was going to be with her family to watch LSU Tigers take on the Oklahoma Sooners and support her father-in-law. Instead, the plane crashed about a mile before arriving at the airport, and the news of the death filtered to the coach, who was the firm voice to inform his son of the heartbreaking incident.
Carley McCord was married to her husband Steve Ensminger Jr. at the time of her death. Source: Instagram
Carley McCord was a reporter for WDSU, and she was also a pre-game presenter and reporter at the New Orleans games, both the Pelicans and Saints. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native who graduated from Northwestern State University and Louisiana University, is gone now and leave behind a husband and a family who loved her. Here are five facts you need to know about Carley McCord, the daughter-in-law of Steve Ensminger.
5. Carley McCord Shares the Same Birthday with Her Husband, Steve Ensminger Jr.
Steve Ensminger Jr. and Carley McCord share the same birthday. Source: Instagram
Carley and her husband were meant to be together as the couple found love with one another and also realized they shared the same birthday. After Carley and Steve Jr. became a couple, the lovely duo celebrated their birthdays on the same day on 25 July.
In 2018, Carley shared a post on her Instagram page, making fun of the fact her husband turned 30. She captioned the celebratory picture with, “Ten years ago you were celebrating your 21st birthday. Feel old yet, @stevenensminger7?! I love sharing this day with you! Happy birthday, birthday twin.”
4. Carley McCord and her Father-in-law Shared a Teasing Relationship
Steve Ensminger and Carley McCord shared a teasing relationship with her love for her Demons. Source: Instagram
Before she was even married to Steve Ensminger’s son, Carley shared a playful bond with the father of her husband. Steve Ensminger Jr. said in a text interview with Sports Illustrated, Carley used to carry friendly tussle with her father, who was also teasing her all the time.
Carley used to tell her father-in-law, her Demons were coming for LSU in college football, and they kept up their friendly banter all the time. Steve Ensminger loved his daughter-in-law, and the emotion of the coach showed after the game.
3. Carley McCord Taught English to Kids in China by Waking up at 4 in the Morning
Carley McCord was a sports reporter and she also taught children in China how to speak English. Source: Instagram
While she was busy during the football season reporting on the Saints and also involved in college football sideline duties and hosting work for WDSU, Carley always made time for her other work. According to her husband Steve Jr., Carley used to wake up each day at 4 am and teach children in China how to speak English. A kind-hearted person whose loss will be felt not only in the family but the lives she touched over the years.
2. Carley Took the Plane to Atlanta because Her Husband Steve Ensminger Jr. was not able to Take Time Off Work and Drive Her to Atlanta
Steve Ensminger Jr. was supposed to drive his wife to Atlanta for the game, but a policy at his job, which said no employee was able to take a vacation after 22 December, resulted in his not being able to get off work. Carley McCord did not have any other route to Atlanta when she was offered a seat by Gretchen Vincent on the plane.
Steve Jr. was at work in Mississippi River, where his phone was not with him, and he missed the texts and calls by his wife. She wrote to him, she loved him, before boarding the plane and after the crash, Steve Jr. was also rushed to hospital when he found out about the crash.
In the same interview, the heartbroken husband of Carley McCord said, “I can remember laying in the hospital bed repeating myself saying it wasn’t real and then one of the hardest things I’m dealing with is that I missed her text and I missed her call. It is by far the most pain, angst, and terror and just darkest time of my life, and I honestly don’t know how long it will last because I still don’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it.”
1. About Four Weeks From Now Carley McCord and Steve Ensminger Jr. Would Have Celebrated Their Second Marriage Anniversary
Carley McCord and her husband Steve Ensminger Jr. got married on 27 January 2017. Source: Instagram
Carley McCord and Steve Ensminger Jr. got married on 27 January 2017 in a church with all their friends and family present. Steve was in an all-black outfit while Carley rocked all-white dress, and the marriage ceremony was beautiful. At the start of the year, Carley shared a beautiful post commemorating their one year together, where she claimed to be the happiest and “overwhelmed with happiness and joy.”
This January, the couple would’ve shared another anniversary; instead, an accident separated Carley and Steve Jr. from one another, and at this point, we pray for strength to the family of Carley and especially her beloved husband.