SI: You should
know this is SI's first Q&A with a nun.
Jaeger: Oh, my
God [laughs]. I think I was first in SI when I was 13. Hearing that sounds
strange, doesn't it? You usually don't put SI and nun together.
probably top any list of athletes turned nuns.
there are some saints out there [laughs]. Andre Agassi is doing saints'
SI: You've always
been a humanitarian—for the last 16 years you've been working for your
foundation for sick children. But what prompted you to become a nun?
Jaeger: I have
always had a personal relationship with God, even as a child. Last year I just
had this calling. I received an associate's degree in theology several years
ago and had been dealing with kids for many years. I had a dream that was very
definitive: O.K., I'm supposed to be a Dominican nun. This is what God is
calling me to do.
SI: Can you
Jaeger: No. I
have to be celibate. If you come in single, you have to be single. These are
SI: You retired
at 19 after seven shoulder surgeries. Do you ever think about how your career
could have turned out if you had stayed healthy?
Jaeger: I think
God wanted to help me with things other than being Number 1 in the world. But I
knew that at 14. I didn't tell anyone because how many people wanted to hear
that? Sponsors didn't. Management groups didn't. When I was injured, I asked
God, "I think I've learned everything I'm supposed to learn here. Can we go
and help these children now?" I would have never left on my own, because of
sponsors and my family. Then my shoulder popped at the French when I was 19,
and I was at total peace.