Gray said: “David and Mary have to be the two most compatible people I’ve seen in my life. They talk about everything. There are some things that go on in the locker room that we want to keep to ourselves, and Dave will tell his wife. We’re like, ‘Dave, you can’t tell Mary everything!’”
One subject the Garrards talked about was having a child. They tried for two years, but Mary did not become pregnant.
For weeks after the 2006 season, his failures in the final three games haunted him. “So many nights, I’d fall asleep thinking, I cannot believe I blew my opportunity,” Garrard said.
Late one night at their country retreat in North Carolina, Mary snapped Garrard out of his funk. “You might want to look at this,” she said, presenting him with a stick from a pregnancy kit. It was the first positive sign Garrard had seen in weeks.
“We both didn’t believe I was pregnant,” said Mary, who was taking birth control pills at the time. “We drove 45 minutes in the middle of the night to a 24-hour pharmacy to buy more pregnancy tests. It took five more before I was convinced.”
The news infused Garrard with life. “That right then took my mind off things,” he said. “It gave me a new perspective. I thought, I’ve got to pull my head out of the dumps now.” He added, “I think that was a step in my renaissance.”