NFL players constantly find themselves in the sports media whether it is season or not. From recaps on their performances, new contracts they have signed or trades to different teams, being in the public eye is something they’re used to.
But off the field, these NFL players sporting abilities are put to one side and the focus shifts to their relationships with celebrities. From supermodels to reality stars and singers, these NFL power couples know how to stay in the headlines.
Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker
Jessie James is a country singer and Eric Decker was truly one of the greatest heartthrobs in the NFL. James and Decker truly found their match in one another and their relationship was documented on their E! Reality show Eric and Jessie : Game On.
The show followed them tying the knot in 2013 followed by having three children together. The NFL wide receiver announced his retirement from the sport in 2018 after stints with the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans.
Tony Romo and Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is one of the biggest country singers in the world so it was an all-American love story when she fell for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Although they never officially confirmed their romance, it seemed pretty legit when he accompanies her to the ACM Awards.
The two eventually went their separate ways and Underwood later admitted that Romo was all about football and he didn’t want anything else to get in the way of his team’s success.
Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington
Being a famous actress in hit show Scandal, Kerry Washington liked to keep her private life under wraps, so quiet to the point that no one knew she was even dating former San Francisco 49er, Asomugha, until they married in 2013.
The adorable couple went on to have two children together and even though they enjoy their privacy, they are not opposed to working together as the NFL star served as co-producer on Kerry’s Broadway show American Son.
Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has been in the public eye as a popstar since she was a teenager, so it is no surprise that her dating life and past marriages have been well documented.
After becoming unlucky in love post her divorce from Nick Lachey, she ended up meeting her match in NFL tight end Eric Johnson. The couple were married in 2014 and now have three beautiful children together. Johnson retired from the NFL in 2008 after seven seasons playing football.
Russell Wilson and Ciara
Pop sensation Ciara had endured difficult relationships with rappers in the past before the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson came along and swept her off her feet. The couple were public in their commitment to staying celibate until they were married.
They tied the knot in a castle in 2016 following a year of dating and one year after that, they welcomed their daughter Sienna Princess Wilson. With Ciara still performing and Wilson becoming the highest paid NFL player in 2019, there’s no slowing these two down.
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
New England Patriots legend Rob Gronkowski, commonly known as “Gronk” has three Super Bowl rings to his name and a very beautiful partner to add to that. Since 2015, Gronk has been in a relationship with model Camille Kostek who has appeared in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Despite getting her start cheerleading for the Patriots, Kostek insisted she never got into a romantic relationship with Gronk until she had switched cheering for modeling.
Sterling Shepard and Chanel Iman
Being a successful football player certainly has its perks off the field as many find themselves mingling with some of the biggest supermodels in the world. New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard met Victoria Secret model Chanel Iman at a birthday party for former NFL star Victor Cruz and couldn’t quite believe he was in the company of a supermodel.
The two hit it off immediately and went on to get married in 2018. They now have a daughter together.
Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson
Former Playboy model and girlfriend of the late Hugh Hefner starred in the hit E! reality show The Girls Next Door. The show followed Kendra and Hefners other two girlfriends in their lives living at the Playboy mansion.
Despite the fun lifestyle, Kendra decided to give it all up in 2008 and went on to meet wide receiver Hank Baskett. The two were married at the Playboy mansion that same year and the couple went on to have 2 children. Their rocky relationship was played out on their E! reality show, and they eventually split in 2018.
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian
When Kim Kardashian first hit screens on Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2007, everyone couldn’t help but watch her crazy family. Included in some of the episodes was her New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.
Their relationship was well documented by the cameras and as Kim’s fame rose, Reggie wanted to take a step back. Despite being together for a number of years and rumors of an engagement, they split once and for all in 2009.
Kroy Biermann and Kim Zolciak
Kim Zolciak found fame as the fiery blonde on The Real Housewives of Atlanta while Kroy Biermann played for the Atlanta Falcons. The two met at a charity event and immediately hit it off and got married the following year.
Kroy adopted Kim’s two daughters from her previous relationship and the couple went on to have four more children together. While Kroy has retired from football, he appears as a regular on the family’s Bravo reality show.
Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari
Quarterback Jay Cutler met his reality star Kristin Cavallari when he was playing for the Chicago Bears. The Laguna Beach and The Hills star had a very public dating history before going silent when she began dating Cutler.
The two eventually went their separate ways and Underwood later admitted that Romo was all about football and he didn’t want anything else to get in the way of his team’s success.
Chris Howard and Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union is a bigtime Hollywood actress and when she was gaining recognition in the industry in 1999, she began dating NFL running back Chris Howard.
The two were married from 2001 until 2006 but after they divorced, Union revealed there were many red flags early on in the marriage and she knew it wasn’t going to last. The actress later switched the NFL for the NBA and went on to marry Dwayne Wade in 2014.
Roy Williams and Kelly Rowland
Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys star Roy Williams got together in 2003. It was truly a whirlwind romance and the two became engaged after two months in 2004.
After planning the wedding and Kelly appeared on the cover of Modern Bride magazine, Williams called everything off and explained to the pop star that they did not know each other well enough to be married. Rowland admitted she was totally embarrassed by the whole situation.
Andrew East and Shawn Johnson
Shawn Johnson saw international acclaim when she became the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist, before going on to appear in Dancing With The Stars. In 2016, she became engaged to NFL long snapper Andrew East at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.
The two were married in 2016 and after detailing her struggles with getting pregnant, Johnson announced she was due to give birth to her first child in 2019.
Christian and Samantha Ponder
While many of the women on this list are celebrities from modeling and acting, Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder’s wife Samantha was already involved in the NFL before she began dating the star. Samantha has always been a sports broadcaster and she currently serves as host for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
The couple married in 2012 and went on to have two kids together. This is truly a couple that wouldn’t fight over how much football would be watched in the house!
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be the only player in the NFL who’s partner has a bigger risk of getting a serious injury. Rodgers has been dating race car driver Danica Patrick since 2017 and are still going strong.
Despite Patrick retiring from professional racing, it seems her need for speed hasn’t stopped as Rodgers admitted he caught her speeding on the highway. Lucky Rodgers still has a decent contract and can pay for her speeding tickets!
Mark Sanchez and Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria is one of the most beautiful women in the world, not to mention a great actress. After divorcing basketball player Tony Parker, she started dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and their romance immediately hit the headlines.
The couple dated for quite a few months back in 2012 but eventually called it quits with rumors swirling that a losing streak affected Mark’s mood and Eva reportedly didn’t want to deal with his moods.
Larry English and Nicole Williams
Former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Larry English began dating model and reality star Nicole Williams in 2011 when they were introduced via mutual friends. Nicole starred on E! network show WAGS: LA and she often voiced her irritation with not being engaged to Larry.
Eventually, they got engaged in Thailand in 2016 and married in 2017, but not before Nicole decided to crash Larry’s bachelor party in Colombia which didn’t go down very well!
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson
After singer Jessica Simpson went to see Tony Romo play football in Texas with her family, they had an instant connection. The popstar even admitted that within the first 10 minutes of their first date he leaned in to kiss her.
However, their relationship was plagued by Cowboys fans accusing Jessica of affecting his game as it was a low spot in his career. Everything was going well until it all came to an abrupt end with people claiming both of their careers were a factor in ending the relationship.
Cam Newton and Kia Proctor
The Carolina Panthers quarterback has been with his model girlfriend Kia Proctor for around six years and they have four children together. Kia was an exotic dancer when she met Cam and then traded in the clubs for the cameras as she became a full time model.
Other than the four children she has with Cam, Kia has one more daughter from a previous relationship, making their household quite hectic! Considering NFL couples don’t have much longevity, these two have weathered it through the storm.
AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb
Aj McCarron gained prominence in football during his college football days before being snapped up by the Oakland Raiders. Throughout his career, he has been with former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb who has been a long standing supporter of AJ and a regular on the college bleachers.
Katherine appeared in Sports Illustrated in 2013 along with many other modeling jobs. The couple met in 2012 and got married in 2014 before adding two children to complete their family.
Antonio and Sasha Gates
American football tight end Antonio Gates has been married to Sasha Gates since 2011. Gates played with the San Diego Chargers for years but is now a free agent. Sasha Gates built her career working as a recording artist, fashionista, entrepreneur and philanthropist before later landing a spot on the E! Networks WAGS: LA.
The couple now have two children together. Prior to marrying Antonio, Sasha was previously married as well as being engaged to former NFL player Marcellus Wiley. We guess she has a type!
Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and actress Olivia Munn began dating in 2014 and there were even rumors of an engagement looming but the couple broke things off three years later in 2017.
Given the high-profile status of the couple, there was plenty of talk that Olivia had something to do with the estrangement between Aaron and his family, but the actress was quick to shut things down and insist things were in a bad place before they even got together.
Miles Austin and Kim Kardashian
For years, Kim Kardashian was known for dating athletes and in 2010 she began dating Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. The relationship between Kim and Miles was played out on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians and even showed the socialite preparing to fly down to Dallas to see him.
However, due to the long distance nature of their relationship and Miles not coping well with the media circus surrounding the Kardashians, they called it quits after a few months.
Phil Costa and Brooke Hogan
It must be quite daunting to date the daughter of Hulk Hogan, but that’s exactly what Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa did. After a whirlwind romance, Phil got down on one knee and proposed to 25-year-old Brooke in Las Vegas.
After announcing the engagement on Instagram family and friends were quick to congratulate the two, but one person who wasn’t happy was Hulk Hogan. He wasn’t a fan of Phil and Brooke ended up calling off her engagement with Hulk claiming it was because he didn’t approve.
Tim Hasselbeck and Elisabeth Hasselbeck
New York Giants player Tim Hasselbeck met his TV host wife Elisabeth while they were both students at Boston College. After a few years of dating, the couple were married in 2002 and Elisabeth went on to join The View which catapulted her career in TV.
After playing for many different football teams, Tim quit the game and became a sports analyst for ESPN and would often appear on The View alongside his wife. The couple have three children together.
Derrick Ward and Khloe Kardashian
When the Kardashians were rising to fame in 2009, Khloe Kardashian began dating Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Derrick Ward. Khloe was fresh coming out of a breakup with NBA player Rashad McCants and began dating Ward shortly after.
The couple were seen together in Mexico celebrating a Kardashian family birthday but the relationship was short-lived as Khloe went on to meet her future ex-husband Lamar Odom and marry him after just 30 days of knowing each other.
Mark Sanchez and Kate Upton
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has had quite the impressive dating history and Kate Upton was just one of his ex-girlfriends. Despite the Sports Illustrated model being questioned on her romance with the NFL star, she stayed quiet and pretended she was unaware of it all.
The couple were dating between 2011 until around 2012 and during this time, Sanchez was considered to be at a low in his career. In 2013, Upton took a jab at Sanchez on Twitter, showing that no love was lost between the two of them.
Rodney Peete and Holly Peete
Rodney and Holly Peete began dating in the early 1990s and were immediately comfortable around one another. The NFL star and singer were married in 1995 and have been married for nearly 25 years and are still going strong.
The couple both had successful careers and said that they supported each other in everything they did. They have four children together and in 2016 the Peete family starred in the reality show For Peete’s Sake.
Philip Wheeler and Ashley Nicole Roberts
Arizona Cardinals lineback Philip Wheeler has been married to Ashley Nicole Roberts for two years. Roberts is a model and reality TV star, not to mention former member of the Army reserve.
While dating Wheeler, she starred on E!’s WAGS Miami and had their engagement and wedding aired on the show. However, Ashley admitted she was apprehensive about signing on to the show in case it affected her relationship. Together, Ashley and Phillip have one son.
Julius Peppers and Claudia Sampedro
Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers began dating Claudia Sampedro in 2014 after leaving his pregnant girlfriend for the model. Coming into the relationship, Claudia had one daughter from a past relationship, as did Julius.
Not only does Claudia star on the E! Network’s WAGS Miami, but she is also a model since the age of 16 and has amassed a following of 1.1 million in Instagram. The couple have one son together, Amaresito, who was born in 2017.
Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards
Olympic athlete Sanya Richards began dating Longhorn football cornerback Aaron Ross during her freshman year at the University of Texas. Ross went on to play for the New York Giants and Richards won numerous gold medals for team USA at the olympics.
The couple were engaged in 2007 and married in 2010. Their first child, Aaron Jermaine Ross II was born in 2017. The couple’s reality TV show titled Glam and Gold premiered on WE tv in 2013.
J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai
Houston Texas defensive J.J. Watt met Houston Dash soccer captain Kealia in 2016 after they were introduced by Watt’s teammate, Brian Cushing. They didn’t go public with their relationship until the following year when Ohai was spotted wearing Watt’s jersey at a press conference.
Both in sports, the couple admitted they are extremely competitive but they like to train together. In May of 2019, Watt popped the question while on vacation with the proposal posted on Instagram.
Donald and Dominique Penn
NFL star and offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins, Donald Penn married his reality star wife in 2012. Dominique starred in E! reality show WAGS LA and documented her life as an NFL wife.
The couple have four children together but their relationship has been turbulent through the years. When Dominique found out Donald cheated and had a baby with TV personality Camilla Poindexter she filed for divorce but later took him back. However in 2019, Dominique filed for divorce for a second time.
Cade McNown and Brande Roderick
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Cade McNown ruffled some feathers at the Playboy mansion when he began dating 2001 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Brande Roderick. The Baywatch star was dating Hugh Hefner when she met McNown at a mansion party and the two hit it off.
One person who wasn’t happy about this was Playboy founder Hugh Hefner who banned McNown from ever turning up to the Playboy mansion again. However, the relationship was short lived and they both moved on.
Tony Gonzalez and October Gonzalez
NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez had a commitment ceremony in 2007 with actress October Gonzalez and even though it wasn’t an official ceremony, they still consider themselves married. October has starred in Modern Family and Play It Forward and is now a mother to three of Tony’s children.
The couple admitted they were concerned about raising their children in Beverly Hills surrounded by wealth and privilege but expose them to different cultures around the world to keep them grounded.
Kelvin Hayden and Taraji P. Henson
Super Bowl-winning NFL star Kelvin Hayden won the heart of actress Taraji P. Henson. The couple were first spotted together in 2015, but didn’t confirm their relationship until 2017. Taraji has starred in films including Hustle & Flow, Date Night and The Karate Kid as well as TV show Empire, winning plenty of awards in her illustrious career.
After dating for years, Hayden popped the question in 2018 and the couple have set a wedding date for April 2020. Henson is often seen gushing about her former NFL star on the red carpet.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
Arguably the greatest power couple in the NFL is six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and supermodel turned businesswoman Gisele. When these two got together, it was the joining of the biggest names in their respective industries, not to mention some of the best looking.
They have a combined net worth of $450 million through Tom’s football deals as well as sponsorships and endorsements, as well as Gisele’s lucrative modeling contracts. Gisele is often spotted supporting her man on the field, they married in 2009 and have two children together.