NFL players have game, on and off the gridiron. If the lucrative salaries weren’t enough, a beautiful wife or girlfriend is equally rewarding for a professional athlete. Whether it be a Victoria’s Secret model, a Hooters Girl, an actress, a singer or just a flat out dime, professional athletes are magnets that attract beautiful women. Being that the NFL is the top professional sports league in America, it seems only fitting that the players would sport the best looking ladies.
The road to Super Bowl XLIX begins tonight as the Green Bay Packers take on the reigning champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Whether or not Aaron Rodgers helps the Packers win or lose tonight, he’s got Olivia Munn to go home to either way; top that, Seahawks defense! While only 53 players will claim Super Bowl glory on February 1, every player in the NFL can claim trophy wives based off their status alone.
It doesn’t really matter if they’re a first-round pick, Super Bowl MVP or a backup long snapper, NFL players are really good at dating women. Even the ugly ones pull in some fine talent, how else could Jeff Garcia have married Carmella DeCesare? Sure, they risk serious brain and bodily injury, they’ll get unfairly suspended a whole season for a victimless crime while their peers get a slap on the wrist for violent offences, but a fly honey waiting outside the locker room makes up for all that in the end.
There is an endless amount of hot women dating pro football players, but here are 15 in no particular order.
Lauren Tannehill, wife of Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Miami is full of gorgeous women. Ryan Tannehill’s wife, Lauren, is one of many. They met at Texas A&M, where Tannehill preceded Johnny Football at quarterback, and were married in January 2012 a few months before he was drafted by the Dolphins. When she’s not cheering her husband on at Sun Life Stadium, she’s doing photo shoots for Maxim and accidentally leaving assault rifles in rental cars.
Kristin Cavallari, wife of Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler
Kristin Cavallari found fame on a dumb TV show, but found love on the gridiron. The 27-year-old fashionista and former reality TV star is married to Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler and has given birth to two children, Camden and Jax.
Shenae Saifi, fiancee (?) of 49ers' linebacker Patrick Willis
That’s not fog in the San Francisco area, it’s steam caused by Patrick Willis’ smoking-hot fiancee. Shanae Saifi and the 49ers linebacker got engaged in 2012, but I’m having trouble finding out whether or not they’re still together. If she’s single, you messed up, Willis.
Anna Burns, wife of Broncos' wide receiver Wes Welker
It doesn’t take a whole lot of brain function lost to concussions to see that Anna Burns is an all-out 10. This former Hooters Calendar girl and Wes Welker started dating in 2010 when he was still with the Patriots, and got married in Aspen in 2012.
Jessie James Decker, wife of Jets' wide receiver Eric Decker
Jessie James met Eric Decker when he was still catching passes from Tim Tebow with the Broncos. Since then, the wide receiver and the country singer got married, signed a deal to be featured on a reality TV show, had a daughter named Vivianne Rose and signed a large contract with the New York Jets. Pretty impressive, especially from someone coming from the-middle-of-nowhere Minnesota.
Olivia Munn, girlfriend of Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Generally speaking, the better athlete one is the fitter the girlfriend. Not always the case, but it is here. Olivia Munn and Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ relationship is relatively new, but the two seem to be very happy. Rodgers, who was speculated to have been engaged to someone else in 2012, is dating his first high-profile celebrity.
Katherine McCarron, wife of Bengals' quarterback A.J. McCarron
Some guys grow up wanting multiple national championships and play in the NFL, some grow up wanting to marry Miss Alabama; A.J. McCarron gets to do both.This is the classic story of the quarterback who gets the girl; but now that they’re married, seems as if Katherine McCarron (formerly Webb) is more famous than her Bengals’ rookie quarterback of a husband. Nevertheless, doesn’t seem all that necessary for her to hang onto all that Carl’s Jr. money (or Hardee’s, depending on where you live).
Gisele Bundchen, Wife of Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady
Arguably the NFL’s highest-rated power couple are Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen. The Victoria’s Secret bombshell and Patriots quarterback have been married since 2009 and have a son and a daughter. Before Gisele, Tom Brady’s baby’s momma was actress Bridget Moynahan; talk about taste!
Samantha Ponder, wife of Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder
Christian Ponder may have not yet lived up to expectations with the Minnesota Vikings, but he has definitely outkicked his coverage with his wife and ESPN reporter, Samantha. The two have been married since 2012 and have a baby girl named Bowden.
Miranda Brooke, fiancee of Bengals' wide receiver A.J. Green
A.J. Green catches passes for a living, but Miranda Brooke is the best catch he’s ever made. The Bengals’ wide receiver and the R&B singer have been engaged since last year and are currently planning their wedding.
Chantel Jeffries, ex-girlfriend of Redskins' wide receiver DeSean Jackson
Technically, miss Chantel Jeffries shouldn’t have made this list; she and Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson broke up last year. But by the looks of her, his loss. The aspiring model has been also been linked to Johnny Manziel and Justin Bieber.
Erin Heatherton, girlfriend of Browns' tight end Jordan Cameron
Tom Brady isn’t the only pro football player to have a Victoria’s Secret model as a WAG, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been going out with Erin Heatherton for at least a year. Dating Heatherton most certainly makes up for having to live in Cleveland, and by a lot at that.
Kelsi Reich, girlfriend of Jets' wide receiver David Nelson
For the last several decades, dating a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader means you have game beyond the average Joe. It’s pretty obvious how wide receiver David Nelson was able to land Kelsi Reich, but he did so as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Talk about sleeping with the enemy, amiright? Now that Nelson is on the Jets, I wonder who Reich will cheer for when he’s playing against the Cowboys.
Elaina Watley, fiancee of Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz
He is a wide receiver/salsa dancer, she is pretty much a genius. Victor Cruz of the Giants has known Elaina Watley since he was in high school. Watley graduated high school at 16 and from Florida International University with a double major in International Business and business relations by age 20. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Kennedy and have been engaged since July of this year. No touchdown catch compares to this, well done Victor.
Leila Lopes, fiancee of Falcons' linebacker Osi Umenyiora
Super Bowl ring, check. Multimillion dollar contract, check. Former Miss Universe fiancee, checkmate. After only five months of dating, Falcons’ linebacker Osi Umenyiora and Angola’s own 2011 Miss Universe Leila Lopes got engaged a year after he helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI. Umenyiora is already in the NFL record book for forcing 10 fumbles in one season, but locking down Leila Lopes is by far his greatest accomplishment.