Ryan Kelly Wife, Emma Zieverink: Family, Career & More!

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Ryan Kelly, an NFL player, and his wife, Emma Zieverink, are both from Ohio. But it was until they met in Atlanta’s bar that the couple got to know each other’s background & began dating- later married.

They have each other’s back through ups and downs. In December 2021, Emma lost her baby girl at birth- the duo held each other through the sorrow.

Emma Zieverink is an interior designer who works as a design consultant, but it won’t keep her from being an effective homemaker.

Her husband, Ryan Kelly, has played as a center for Indianapolis Colts since they picked him in the 2016 NFL Draft. After signing a 4-year deal with the Colts in 2020, Kelly’s run through the 2022-23 season is his 7th NFL season.

Emma Zieverink Kelly With Her Husband Ryan Kelly, An NFL Player
Emma Zieverink Kelly With Her Husband Ryan Kelly, An NFL Player (Source: Instagram)

Probably you want to get through the details of Zieverink. Make sure to read the full article to know more about Ryan Kelly’s wife, Emma- her family, relationship & career.

Ryan Kelly’s Wife | Quick Facts

Full Name Emma Zieverink
Birthday October 24
Birth Place Ohio
Nick Name Emma
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Age In her late 20s
Father’s Name Dan Zieverink
Mother’s Name Jenny Zieverink
Siblings Alica Zieverink, Kate Zieverink
University Longwood University, Xavier University
Hair Color Bronde (mix of Brown & Blond)
Marital Status Married
Husband Ryan Kelly
Daughter Mary Kate (now late)
Marriage year 2021
Husband’s profession NFL player
Tattoos None
Net Worth Under review
Husband’s net worth $1-$5 million
Social Media Instagram
Last Update March, 2024

Emma Zieverink (Ryan Kelly’s Wife) | Parents & Siblings

Emma Zieverink is one of three children to Dan Zieverink and Jennie Zieverink. She was born on October 24, but the exact year of her birth remains unknown.

She is in her late 20s as of March, 2024.

An interior designer famous as an NFL player’s wife, Emma has two sisters: Alica Zieverink, a therapist, and Kate Zieverink McMinn, a realtor, and Airbnb host.

Her sister Alicia is a graduate of Shawnee State University and is the mother of daughter Maizy with her husband, Tyler Morgan.

A Picture Of Emma Zieverink With Sister Alicia And Father Dan
A Picture Of Emma Zieverink With Sister Alicia And Father Dan (Source: Instagram)

She often shares pictures of her parents & siblings on Instagram.

Emma’s father, Dan, serves as the Vice-President of Sales at ComNet Solutions LLC (November 2018- Now).

The 1982 grad of Southern Ohio College previously worked for Vertical Communications as its VP of Sales from 2017 to 2018.

He has a work history at Mitel (1999-2011, regional director of sales) and Fulton Communications (2011-15, managing partner).

Parents of Emma, The Wife Of NFL Star Ryan Kelly
Parents of Emma, They Have Been Married Since May 26, 1984 (Source: Instagram)

As for Zieverink’s mother, Jennie, she graduated from William Mason High School and worked at Home Daycare.

On September 11, 2019, the NFL star’s wife lost her grandfather Daniel Henry Zieverink Sr at 93.

Ryan Kelly Wife | Education & Career

After Lakota West High School (completed in 2008), Emma Zieverink enrolled at Longwood University in 2008. She even played basketball there.

In 2012, she graduated with a BS in Economics and a Minor in Spanish. Then, Emma went to Xavier University from 2012 to 2013, earning a degree in Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing.

Since March 2019, she works as a Design Consultant with California Closets, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Moreover, Zieverink is a client development manager at Synchrony Financial (May 2017- Now)- having worked as a marketing platform manager and IT project analyst earlier.

Before joining Synchrony Financial in 2014, she was at GE Capital, working as a social media intern (2011-12) and IT project analyst of sales (2012-14).

Emma Zieverink (Wife of Ryan Kelly) | Height & Measurements

Zieverink has a slim body figure. Being an avid fashion fan, she loves to flaunt her new styles on Instagram. While Emma’s exact height is unknown, she could be around 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 m).

Her NFL player husband, Ryan Kelly, is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighs 307 lbs (139 kg).

Emma does not have any tattoos on her body. She frequently dyes her hair.

Regarding personality, Emma is very generous, humble, and down-to-earth. She shows admiration for her friends and family via meetups and Instagram posts.

Emma Zievernik And Ryan Kelly- First Meeting To Engagement!

It was a fate that Emma and her beau Ryan, both from Ohio, met in a different city, which led to marriage.

The two met in a bar in Atlanta. Emma was living there while the footballer was there for a wedding. Reportedly, Ryan’s three-piece suit caught her attention and initiated conversations.

They found out that their parents’ houses were only five minutes away.

By 2017, Emma Zievernik and Ryan Kelly were dating- at that time, the latter was already playing in the NFL.

Ryan Kelly Proposed To Emma During COVID-19 Quarantine
Ryan Kelly Proposed To Emma During COVID-19 Quarantine (Source: Instagram)

After three years of relationship, the couple got engaged on May 1, 2020.

They were staying together during the COVID-19 lockdown. So to propose to Emma, Ryan faked a work appointment to get Emma out of the house.

He and his then-Colts teammate Mark Glowinski decorated the house and the backyard with petals and candles. And to capture the moment, NFL player Braden Smith’s wife, Courtney, was the photographer.

The Colts player told WTHR of the moment’s memory, “I was nervous, I never doubted she was gonna say yes, but it was just an emotional feeling that comes through you.”

Everything went as planned!

Emma Became Ryan Kelly’s Wife | Wedding Details

A year of engagement passed, and Emma & Ryan had another plan up their sleeves.

They married on May 1, 2021, at St. Francis de Sales church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their wedding was on the same date (i.e., May 1) as their engagement, but a year later.

Following the wedding, Emma wrote on Instagram:

“I’m not quite ready nor do I have the words yet to express our gratitude and pure BLISS we feel for everyone who made our Wedding happen and everyone who came out to celebrate our marriage….Ryan and I are still floating on cloud 9 and I hope we never come down from this. 💓”

Wedding Moment Of Emma And Ryan Kelly
Wedding Moment Of Emma And Ryan Kelly (Source: Instagram)

Emma walked down the aisle in an off-the-shoulder Monique Lhuillier trumpet gown and a custom lace cathedral veil with pearls. On Ryan’s part, he donned a custom Gentleman’s Playbook black tuxedo.

The reception ceremony was in Greenacres Art Center. To ensure the guest’s enjoyment, they also planned a pre-wedding and post-wedding party.

Ryan Kelly’s Wife | Emma Lost Her Baby At Birth

Following six months of marriage, Emma and Ryan, on October 31, 2021, confirmed that they were expecting a child. The due date was in 2022.

As reported, Emma learned about her pregnancy in August 2021 after she took a test, as she felt pain in her breast.

Ryan Kelly And His Wife Emma Zieverink Kelly
Ryan Kelly And Emma Confirmed Their First Pregnancy In Late October 2021 (Source: Instagram)

However, a misfortune cornered the couple.

At 19 weeks of pregnancy, Zieverink felt complications and went to the hospital only to find that her baby girl’s heart had stopped.

On December 17, 2021, she had to deliver their late daughter Mary Kate Kelly after 24 hours in labor.

In his Twitter, Ryan Kelly wrote, “Nothing made me happier than being your Dad. You gave your Mom and me that gift. I’m sorry you never got to open those sweet eyes and see us or take your first steps, but you have angel wings now.”

Observing Mary Kate being buried while wearing a little robe and Emma’s bracelet was too much to handle for the family.

God bless you!!

Brief About Ryan Kelly | Bio, Career & More

Ryan Kelly is an American NFL player who plays for the Indianapolis Colts with jersey number #78. He was born on May 30, 1993, in West Chester, Ohio.

An attendee at Lakota West High School, Kelly was a first-team All-Conference junior in 2009.

Although selected, he couldn’t play at the Under Armour All-America Game due to his ACL, followed by a knee injury during his senior year.

During his collegiate career, Ryan Kelly played for the University of Alabama (2011-15). He earned Jacobs Blocking Trophy and Rimington Trophy in 2015 while being a CFP national champion.

Ryan Kelly Playing For Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Kelly Playing For Indianapolis Colts (Source: Instagram)

He became the first-round 18th-overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Other Alabama alum in the drafts were Reggie Ragland, Derrick Henry, A’Shawn Robinson, Cyrus Jones, Tyreek Hill, and Kenyan Drake.

Ryan underwent foot surgery on August 17, 2017, to treat a broken bone he sustained during practice.

In 2020, he got a contract extension with the Colts for four years, keeping him with the team through the 2024-25 season.

Jake, Another Member Of The Kelly Family

Ryan Kelly never identified himself as a small-dog enthusiast. But when Emma, his lover, entered his life, she pulled her pet Jake along. Since then, they have never been apart.

Jake is a tiny Yorkshire terrier puppy that Emma’s parents surprised her with a couple of years earlier. When Emma moved to Indianapolis to live with Ryan, she took Jake. 

Slowly Ryan got accustomed to this and now serves as a loving dog dad. The couple says that Jake also played a part in bringing them closer to one another.

Emma Zieverink (Ryan Kelly’s Wife) | Net Worth

As of March, 2024, Emma Zieverink Kelly has an estimated net worth in the 6-digit figure, i.e., hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aside from being a design consultant, she is a client development manager. Her annual salary could be in the tens of thousands of dollars figure.

Emma’s husband, Ryan Kelly, has a net worth of $1-$5 million. The NFL contracts & salary aided his fortune growth.

The Indianapolis Colts signed Kelly on May 4, 2016, to a four-year, $10.45 million contract with a $5.80 signing bonus that is completely guaranteed.

Following an option of $10.35 million for 2020, he inked a four year $50 million contract extension on September 3, 2020.

The deal earns him a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2022-23 season, a roster bonus of $4 million, and $2.25 million.

Is Emma Kelly Active On Social Media?

Emma has a significant social media presence. She uses social media platforms, especially Instagram, to voice her thoughts and reach out to her followers.

Following the death of her daughter Mary Kate, Emma shared the story on Instagram and also wrote:

“This page has always been a page to share updates in our life. Typically all the best ones and most recently our pregnancy journey and how beyond excited we were for our baby. This cannot be an exception even though it is far from happy ……”

This shows how Instagram is a very part of Emma’s life.

She has more than 6.3K followers on her IG account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Emma related to Bill Cowher?

No, Emma is not related to Bill Cowher. Fans sometimes get confused because Bill Cowher’s daughter married Ryan Kelly, an NBA player. On the other hand, Emma is married to Ryan Kelly, an NFL player.

Do Emma and Ryan Kelly have kids?

In the 2021 fall, Emma and her husband Kelly confirmed that they were expecting a child due in 2022. However, their unborn daughter died in December 2021, and Emma had to deliver her at 19 weeks old.

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Aayusha Bhattarai

Aayusha Bhattarai is a dedicated writer with a passion for uncovering the fascinating stories behind athletes' lives. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, she brings readers on a journey through the triumphs, struggles, and inspirations of their favorite players.


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