John and Shannon St. Clair

John St. Clair (Col ’99) and Shannon St. Clair (Col ’99) met at the U.Va. bookstore in August 1995. “Out of 5000 freshmen, John was in two of my classes our first semester and his dorm was Lile, which was right behind my dorm Tuttle,” says Shannon.

John was a football player at U.Va. for five years. In 2000, he was drafted in the third round by the Rams and both he and Shannon moved to St. Louis. Shannon worked as a marketing coordinator for a commercial real estate firm and John proposed to her on Christmas day that year. Shannon began her first company, designing jerseys for the other wives and children of St. Louis Rams players. John later played for the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

Shannon became a jewelry designer and launched a company, Shannon Saint Clair, in 2008. Her handcrafted creations have been worn by celebrities like Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland. Shannon recently exhibited her work at the Miami Beach International Fashion Week.

After the 2010 season, John retired after 11 years in the NFL and was inducted into the U.Va. Football Hall of Fame.

John and Shannon’s most recent project has been founding the John Saint Clair Foundation. “It will help more high school students in John’s hometown of Roanoke, Va., enroll in college,” says Shannon. “College enrollment has been in decline there because many families lack financial means.”