1. Headline
  1. Headline
Featurepics stock
When is it OK to take off your wedding band?
By
TODAY.com
updated 11/7/2011 1:43:11 PM ET 2011-11-07T18:43:11

Is there ever a reason to take off your wedding band? For Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the answer is no.

In a recent New York Times article, Fitzpatrick discussed why he wears his ring while playing – even though he may be risking injury doing so out on the field.

“I haven’t seen a reason to take it off, I guess,” he said. “It stands for something. It’s not like I’m trying to throw a message in anybody’s face. It’s just a personal thing between me and my wife. It’s important for me not to take it off.”

  1. More about relationships
    1. Why is my ex playing mind games?
    2. Is the '3 day rule' dead? Dating trends revealed
    3. 30-second therapist: Help! How do I make my ex love me again?
    4. 30-second therapist: My man doesn't pay any bills — should I leave him?
    5. My boyfriend doesn't buy me gifts — does he love me?

While wedding rings have been a tradition for women for thousands of years, it really didn’t become common practice for men until World War II, at least in the U.S. Deciding whether to keep the wedding band on at all times can be a really dilemma for athletes, doctors (especially surgeons), and others who work with their hands.  Even the world’s most famous groom doesn’t rock his wedding band, due to his “personal preference” not to wear jewelry.

If you are married, do you wear your wedding band at all times? Take our poll below, and tell us why or why not. We’ll update this story with some reader comments!

© 2012 MSNBC Interactive.  Reprints

Vote: Do you wear your wedding band at all times?

More on TODAY.com

  1. Sulome Anderson via Twitter

    Viral 'Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies' campaign inspires hope among violence

    7/23/2014 8:38:03 PM +00:00 2014-07-23T20:38:03
Breaking news
  1. Algerian passenger plane disappears from radar

    A commercial jetliner carrying 116 people disappeared over west Africa after losing contact with air traffic controllers early Thursday, a Spanish charter company said.

    7/24/2014 10:18:36 AM +00:00 2014-07-24T10:18:36
  1. Tune in! See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer exclusively on TODAY Thursday

    Are you a “Fifty Shades of Grey” fan? Then you’ve got to tune in to TODAY on Thursday. We’ll be airing an exclusive clip of the “Fifty Shades” movie trailer.

    7/23/2014 6:01:02 PM +00:00 2014-07-23T18:01:02