"They're tears of gratitude," she says.
She is grateful that the rare form of cancer that afflicted her husband, a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, is one that patients can survive, unlike its other form, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, which typically kills within months.
She is thankful she and her husband have newfound perspective on his job and their family's happiness no longer hinges on wins and losses. Rose's days of sleepless nights — staying up until 3:30 a.m. to watch game tape or to agonize over a loss — are over.
Rose, 52, says he is a changed man because of a promise he made — to God, his wife, his children and himself.