National Football League superstars are legendary in their own right. They’re known for passing yards or receiving yards or stopping the opponent from going yard. These men are celebrated and exalted for extraordinary athleticism. They are the best of the best. Top players clinch contracts worth millions, sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars.
No doubt, these pros live a charmed life. But did you know some NFL superstars marry an influential woman who brings them even more prestige? Let’s take a look at these dazzling couples.
Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen
Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player of all time, according to pretty much everybody. As New England’s star quarterback, this Patriot ranks fourth-highest paid athlete in league history. With a net worth of $180 million, the sweet smell of success is a fragrance Brady is well acquainted with. However, his wife, Gisele Bündchen, has secured a fortune twice as sweet.
The Brazilian supermodel’s net worth more than doubles her rockstar athlete husband’s. Bündchen, a former Victoria Secrets Angel, is worth $400 million. During the height of her modeling career, she was the highest-paid model ever, making $47 million per year. She has donned the cover of 1,200 magazines and worked for every fashion brand in the industry. In 2014, Forbes named Bündchen the 89th most powerful woman in the world.
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick first met at the ESPY award show in 2012. But the cute pair did not start dating until 2018. They have a lot in common. They are both star athletes in their field.
Patrick was the most successful woman in car racing when she retired at 36. She raced NASCAR and IndyCar, becoming the first woman to win the IndyCar series in 2008. In endorsements alone, she racked up $60 million! Her main man, Rodgers, is openly glad to have met a fellow superstar athlete. (They dote on Instagram.) He is the star quarterback for the powerhouse Green Bay Packers team. He’s currently quarterbacking for the team on a 4-year contract worth $134 million. Forbes charts his net worth at around $89 million.
Nnamdi Asomugha & Kerry Washington
It’s hard to say who takes the lead in this marriage because both are acclaimed television and movie stars. Nnamdi Asomugha had his breakout performance in 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival for his lead role in Crown Heights. Before that, he was one of the best cornerbacks the NFL has ever seen.
His wife Kerry Washington’s successful career on stage, film, and on TV has spanned over two decades. She is admired for playing Olivia Pope on the popular ABC TV series 'Scandal', which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Time magazine recognized her in 2014, and in 2018, Forbes listed her eighth highest-paid actress on television. The couple met when Washington performed on Broadway and Asomugha attended. She informed him she didn’t date athletes, and he responded that he didn’t date actresses. The couple married in 2013, they have two children, and they are very private about their marriage.
Mitchell Trubisky and Hillary Gallagher
Here is another couple who loves to live their love life on Instagram. For Mitchell Trubisky’s birthday, Hillary Gallagher swooned, “Happy birthday to my best friend! Love doing life with you.”
Trubisky joined the Chicago Bears in 2017 and by the 2018 playoff season, he was named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster with the Bears making the playoffs. He’s considered to be an up and coming star quarterback for the team.
Rodney Peete & Holly Robinson Peete
One thing that keeps this couple together is the “20-second hug.” It’s an emotional bonding pact Rodney Peete introduced to the family. “No matter how mad you are, if one asks for the hug, it’s mandatory.” They’re veterans, having survived 25 years of marriage.
The celebrity couple balances their busy showbiz lives with a family of four children, one child diagnosed with autism as a 3-year-old. Holly Robinson is an actress and author. She starred in 21 Jump Street. Mr. Peete co-hosts the LA radio show “Lunch Time with Roggin and Rodney” on AM 570. He went into broadcasting after retiring from a 16-season NFL career as quarterback.
Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker
Wide receiver Eric Decker dedicated eight seasons to the NFL. Drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, he went on to join the rosters of the Jets, Titans, and Patriots. In 2014, Decker won a $36.25 million contract when he signed on with the Jets for five years. Throughout his career he delivered about 6,000 yards and 54 TDs.
Winning country singer-songwriter and actress Jessie James Decker came with some extra perks. Not only is she incredibly beautiful and talented, the two of them landed their own reality TV show on E! called Eric & Jessie: Game On. The show premiered in 2013. Jessie is a doting wife and a happy mother of three.
Carson Wentz and Madison Oberg
Carson Wentz has had an amazing career with the Philadelphia Eagles. It hit a bump in 2018 when the star had to sit Super Bowl LII out due to an ACL injury. But he’s back! He signed a 4-year contract with the Eagles in 2019 worth $128 million.
What he loves most in life is his new wife Madison Oberg. He proposed two days after his team beat the Patriots at Super Bowl LII. He just adores her. On their honeymoon in Greece the couple got matching “Agape” tats, which signifies, to them, the unconditional love they share serving their savior, Jesus Christ.
Brian Quick and Michelle Beltran
Michelle Beltran also made it onto the cast of WAGS after marrying NFL player Brian Quick. The E! network show features the travails of being wealthy wives and girlfriends of star athletes and discusses problems like having to move cross-country when their man gets traded. In one episode, Beltran said, dreading a move and uprooting the family, “I’m not ready for it to start.”
Hubby, Brian Quick, is heading into his eighth year with the NFL. Out of Appalachian State in 2012, Quick was the top NFL Draft pick to ever leave that college. He’s a 2-time All American who signed with the Rams and the Redskins. He’s now a free agent.
AJ McCarron & Katherine Webb
AJ McCarron was a Crimson Tide champion quarterback. Amongst a pile of rings from his days at Alabama, is a back-to-back BCS National championship. Sports Illustrated put him in the running for best college quarterback of all time. The Cincinnati Bengals picked up McCarron in the fifth round of the draft. He’s thrown yard for the Bills, the Raiders and the Texans too.
It was at Alabama he met his wife-to-be. When Katherine Webb won Miss Alabama USA, McCarron was interested. Her career catapulted with the attention he brought to her. Others noticed her beauty. A modeling career took off when she posed for Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Soon after, she scored a reality show gig.
Matt Schaub & Laurie Schaub
The first question we have to ask is, did Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Laurie Schaub date superstar Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub while she graced the cheer squad? If the 2009 passing yards leader met Miss Schaub at a charity golf tournament sponsored by a teammate of Schaub’s, did she know he was a Falcons player?
One thing we know is that the fashionista mama of five children was named, “Football’s Hottest Wife,” two years running, sponsored by the prestigious Fantasy Football Sideline. Also, it is true she cheered at Auburn as a university student. It turns out that the two-time Pro Bowler and one-time Pro Bowl MVP was warming the bench for the Falcons when he met his future wife, so how could she know he was a player? When they tied the knot in 2008, he was no longer dating a Falcons cheerleader. He was married to one. In their spare time, the couple runs the GR8 Hope Foundation.
Wes Welker & Anna Burns Welker
Wide receiver Wes Welken closed out a solid eleven-season career in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams in 2015. The five-time Pro Bowler has a list of accomplishments in the league, including holding the record, in a tie, for NFL record 99-yard reception. He also holds another sort of record; he’s absorbed six documented concussions. But now he’s on to a safer career in the NFL as a wide receiver coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Besides being Miss Hooters International and a fashion model, Anna Burns has made some waves as a ferocious WAGS with a fierce hubby-defense launched via social media. Apparently, she let “the competitiveness of the game and the comments people were making about a team I dearly love get the best of” herself. Her Facebook apology appeared the day after she ripped NFL linebacker Ray Lewis, ridiculing his criminal past (a murder acquittal to be specific). The social media blowout happened during the 2013 NFL Playoffs. Clearly, she truly regretted the insult post, yet seven years later, if you search her name, her Ray Lewis burn on Facebook will flood your search results.
Corey Liuget & Faven
WAGS Miami Faven Liuget and Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget are married with two children. The Ethiopian-born beauty also runs an upscale suit company that specializes in suiting up professional athletes for game day. Corey Liuget has had a long run with the San Diego and LA Chargers. He’s been with the franchise since 2011.
He is in the middle of his second contract with the team, a 5-year extension worth $58.5 million. Wife Faven was very pleased to announce the agreement and says he is the best defensive end in the league.
Harold Landry & Danielle Landry
The lovely Danielle Landry married Harold Landry in 2018. They share a son, Greyson, who was born on daddy’s birthday. On Twitter, where she’s “living her best life,” she celebrates their wedding with a pinned Tweet that says, “So glad I get to spend my life with this one, he makes me laugh like no other … love you baby.” She also frequently updates her Instagram page with adorable pictures of Greyson.
Harold Landry is a proud parent too. “Being a father is just more motivation for me. I want to be the best I can be for my son and my family,” he told North State Journal.
Eli Manning and Abby McGrew
Eli Manning and Abby McGrew fell in love in college at University of Mississippi in 2002. As the team’s star quarterback, Manning dominated the field all four years while McGrew cheered him on. Out of Ole Miss, he became the No. 1 2004 NFL Draft pick for the NY Giants. This worked out perfect since his future wife was already in NYC working in the fashion industry.
Now they have four children, three daughters and one baby brother. And Manning, brother to Peyton, has kept quarterbacking in the family by leading the Giants to two spectacular Super Bowl wins.
AJ Feeley & Heather Mitts
A pro athlete pair! Quarterback AJ Freely was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001. His decade-long career with the NFL included the rosters of the Dolphins, Chargers, Panthers and Rams. Heather Mitts played professional women’s soccer for the US national team as well as a long list of US pro teams. Her last pro season was with the Boston Breakers in 2013.
In 2010, Freely married the women’s international soccer star in Cabo San Lucas. They have two children, a son and a daughter. Mitts is a sports reporter for the ABC and ESPN networks. She serves as a soccer analyst and a sideline correspondent.
Tim Hasselbeck & Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the dominant celebrity in this household, but at home former quarterback Tim Hasslbeck calls the shots. She says he’s the quarterback of their household, and she likes it like that. Their household includes three children and three busy schedules. Moving out to Nashville from NYC has helped steady the ship. About the relocation, Elisabeth told Fox & Friends, “We just heard God calling us there and did that in time.”
Mrs. Hasselbeck recently took a drastic step toward managing the busy family by taking leave of her seat on The View. Her husband keeps active as an ESPN analyst. His eight seasons with the NFL included quarterbacking for the Giants, Redskins, Bills, and Ravens. He also played for the NFL Europe league. He met his wife who represented a Christian perspective on The View at Boston College. She got her start winning a Survivor contest in 2001. She is also recognized as a keynote speaker at the Republican National Conventions in both 2004 and 2008.
Antonio Brown and Jena Frumes
This celebrity couple’s relationship did not last long. Jena Frumes is an Instagram model and influencer with over two million follows. You can bet her romance with pro NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown was all over her Instagram page. But Brown, who, incidentally, has a rape and a domestic violence allegation under his belt, played the social media game too.
To end his relationship with the Instagram star, he stabbed her in the back with a picture of him with the woman of his children, and their children. (The woman is also pregnant with his child). Frumes fired back by publicizing his private phone number, she said, to encourage followers to harass him until she gets her stuff back. Back in Brown’s court, he said that he was doing the right thing. That’s some serious drama!
Christian Ponder and Samantha Ponder
ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele was also a sports reporter for Fox Sports Net, as well as a studio co-host for ESPN. When she met Christian Ponder, she fell in love “pretty much” at first sight, and became Samantha Ponder, but friends just call her Sam. The couple hooked up on Twitter after Ponder would not give up sending her Tweets. He would ask her sports questions, relentlessly. Now, of course, they are married.
In 2011, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Christian Ponder. He’s quarterbacked for the Broncos and the 49ers. Career-wide, he passed over 6,600 yards. Currently he is a free agent. The couple has three children.
Russell Wilson and Ciara
Sea Hawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and award-winning singer songwriter Ciara have been married for over three years. It was March 2016 when Wilson proposed on Instagram. He wrote, “Since Day 1 I knew you were the one. No Greater feeling. . . .”
The R&B sensation has charted top songs like “I Bet” and “Level Up,” and has hit album Goodies to her credit. She also has a Grammy to her credit. Hubby Wilson is a Seattle superstar with a golden arm. In April 2019, Wilson became the league’s highest paid player with a 4-year contract worth $140 million.
A.J. Green and Miranda Brooke
AJ Green was drafted as a wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him up fourth overall out of the University of Georgia. Green made the cut for the 2012 Pro Bowl, the first rookie receiver in eight years to do so. He’s also caught more passes in his first three seasons than any other NFL player snagging 260 catches. In the 2019 season, during training camp, he suffered an injury that kept him on the sidelines the entire season.
On the bright side, he has been married to his college sweetheart and lovely wife, Miranda Brooke, for five years. They celebrated a gorgeous and extravagant wedding in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 21, 2015. The happy couple have two children. Their second son was born last year.
Alex Smith and Elizabeth Barry
Have you ever wondered if NFL cheerleaders ever fall in love with the players? They do! Quarterback Alex Smith and Elizabeth Barry are proof. And since the couple was employed by different teams at the time, league rules did not forbid it. The football couple fell in love, got married and have three children together. When they met, Barry cheered for the Oakland Raiders, while Smith QB’d for the San Francisco 49ers.
Smith’s career took off upon signing a $94 million contract with the Redskins and relocating Washington. Unfortunately, a terrible injury, which was said to be one of the worst the NFL has seen, snapped his leg in half after a brutal sack. His career is now in jeopardy.
Dashon Goldson & Ashley North
The dashing Dashon Goldson has played safety for the Atlanta Falcons since 2016. He was drafted by the 49ers out of the University of Washington in the 2007 NFL Draft. He’s worth $18 million. Yet, Ashley North is arguably the breadwinner in this household. She is a celebrity stylist for the likes of Justin Bieber and The Game. She has co-owned M$A Style since 2006 with Maya Fox Davis.
Fashionista Ashley is worth $53 million. The very patient, Ms. North, has been engaged to Goldson for years. They have two children together. Besides running her celeb styling gig, she’s been a longtime WAGS star. Her father was also a pro sports star, MLB player Bill North. He advised her not to date pro athletes, but plainly, she did not take his advice. Maybe he knew a thing or two. Ms. North has been vocal as a WAGS celeb regarding the long wait for Dashon to marry her.
Larry English & Nicole Williams
WAGS personality Nicole Williams and linebacker Larry English tied the knot December 2017 after dating for seven years. The WAGS LA celeb chills with Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner, with whom she chats chic style trends, no doubt, and her Nia Lynn Swim beachwear line. The former model and fashion industry businesswoman wrapped up the reality show gig in 2018.
Hubby Larry English, a former San Diego Charger who signed on with the Southern California team in 2009, was plagued with injuries. He finished his career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. His showbiz creds include joining his wife on the set of the reality TV daytime soap WAGS and playing a role in the hit video game Madden NFL 18.
Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari
The former Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County reality TV star, Kristin Cavallari, now has her own reality program called Very Cavallari. The new adventure is an E! series show featuring Jay Cutler, her ex-NFL great hubby. When she met Cutler, NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, Cavallari said, “He was the strong, manly man I wanted but had a sweet, romantic side as well.”
Today, they have two boys and one girl. Though the couple has hit some lows, like two weddings and one called-off engagement, Cavallari says "there's always a silver lining".
Matthew Stafford & Kelly Stafford
First round draft pick, Matthew Stafford has been quarterbacking for the Detroit Lions since he signed with the team in 2009. He has the distinction of being the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw over 5,000 yards in a single season. He keeps fans on the edge of their seat with holding another record, most comeback wins in a season. When he extended his contract with the Lions in 2017 for $135 million, he became the highest-paid NFL player in the history of the league.
He met his lucky wife Kelly Stafford at the University of Georgia; he was star quarterback, naturally, and she on the cheerleading team. The couple have three lovely children, including a set of twins, whom Kelly keeps us updated about on Instagram. Some sad posts shared the couple’s struggle when Kelly was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and the surgery to remove it in 2019. She also shared her strong recovery.
Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz
What do you get when you cross a World Cup-winning athlete with the guy who caught the Super Bowl LII-winning touchdown? You get this amazing couple: US women’s soccer player Julie Ertz and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. The college sweethearts met at a Stanford sporting event when Julie was a Santa Clara University student. Not realizing Zach was a Stanford football star, they spent their first date at Chipotle. Now the all-sports celebrity couple make many appearances, like posing together for ESPN Magazine, and have a combined net worth of $19 million. Zach’s brings in $16 of it.
At 23, Julie Ertz helped lead the United States to the World Cup finals. She was the second youngest player, yet she went on to play for the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. In 2019, she won another World Cup with team USA. She’s a two-time U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year honoree. The couple is each other’s No. 1 fan and share a deep faith, a belief that they find essential in their relationship and on their prospective fields. Quoting Bible passages, for Zach Ertz, comes as naturally as catching a hail Mary pass.
Cooper Kupp and Anna Kupp
Cooper Kupp and Anna Kupp met in Washington state as high school sweethearts. They married in 2015. In high school, Kupp was a two-sport athlete tearing up the football field and the basketball court. He chose football. Kupp was picked up by the Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft. Now he’s a Carolina Panther.
Cooper and Anna were also college sweethearts as Eastern Washington alums. Kupp comes from a family of football greats. Even his grandfather was an NFL offensive lineman. Anna Kupp keeps up her WAG duties on social media. Her Instagram account identifies herself as “Football Wifey” and has amassed almost 8,000 followers. The couple is very proud of their young son.
Ryan Tannehill and Lauren Tannehill
Texas beauty Lauren Tannehill keeps the world updated about her life as an NFL wife. For Ryan Tannehill’s 31st, she listed 31 reasons he’s her favorite man. “The best husband in the world” and “My college sweetheart” top the birthday list.
The fan-favorite Instagram couple have two sweet children, Stella and Steel; plus, successful lives outside of social media. Tannehill is a fashion model and a community advocate. Quarterback Tannehill is a Tennessee Titan these days but served as a Dolphin for many years after he signed a 2012 4-year contract for almost $13 million. He had a stellar season with the Titans last year ranking as 2019 NFL passer rating leader.
Matt Flynn & Lacey Minchew
Matt Flynn met his beauty queen at LSU. While in college, Lacey Minchew won the 2009 Miss Louisiana crown. She was also on the LSU cheer squad, called LSU Golden Girls, as they prefer. The lovebirds dated for five years, and then Flynn proposed. He took Lacey to dinner at a Washington state winery. When a bottle of “Lacey, will you marry me?” arrived at the table, it complemented the cuisine superbly.
NFL quarterback Flynn signed into the league with the Green Bay Packers. He clinched Super Bowl XLV with the team when the Packers overpowered the Steelers in that 2011 contest. His outstanding career culminated in 2015 with the Saints. Born and raised in Tyler, Texas, the Southern boy followed his father’s footsteps. His dad was a quarterback at Baylor.
Nelson Agholor and Viviana Volpicelli
The big news in Nelson Agholor’s life is that he’s dating beauty blogger Viviana Volpicelli out of Los Angeles. The Eagles’ Super Bowl champ receiver met Volpicelli at USC. He absolutely dotes over the strikingly pretty 22-year-old, openly and effusively.
Volpicelli, a model who shares makeup and skincare beauty tips on a website blog, emphasizes natural products and advises against tanning. With a net worth of $2 million, she does pretty well promoting beauty products. Last year, after the Eagles celebrated their NFC Championship victory, an elated Agholor wrote, “special shoutout to my soulmate and wonderful girlfriend thank you for your support and sacrifice!”
Philip Wheeler and Ashley Nicole Roberts
Linebacker Philip Wheeler and WAGS star Ashley Nicole Roberts got engaged right on the show! It was Season 2 of WAGS Miami, airing in 2016. Naturally, a glam wedding celebrated on a beautiful tropical beach came next.
Wheeler signed with the Colts in 2008. His NFL career has found him tackling opponents for the Raiders, the Dolphins, the Falcons and the Cardinals. His last season was with the Cardinals in 2017. He made Second-Team All-ACC in 2006 and 2007 and won a $25 million contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2013.
Robert Woods and Alexandra Woods
Signing with the Rams in 2017 meant Robert Woods could be near his wife. The strapping wide receiver isn’t shy about exposing his sensitive side. Celebrating their wedding anniversary, Robert Woods wrote, “Still in awe of this day. I married my best friend.” He went on to say, “My brothers witness how you’ve touched my life and continuously flood me with love. I appreciate all that you do I love you @a.barbee and I always will.” Aww! The Instagram couple only get more adorable.
Woods kicked off his career with the Buffalo Bills. With his love on the West coast, they spent a lot of time booking cross-country flights. But now that he and “Wifey” are both on the West coast, she’s his biggest cheerleader.
Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson
Baker Mayfield is a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. The Heisman Trophy winner has 7,552 passing yards in the NFL. Another career highlight was meeting his wife.
Mayfield was dying to date Emily Wilkinson after he met her through mutual friends who had been encouraging them to date. Wilkinson was not responding to the idea, so Mayfield cleverly piqued her interest. To get her attention, he followed her on Instagram, and then unfollowed her. He tried this strategy several times, following and unfollowing, until finally they began talking. His plan worked masterfully. The couple tied the knot by the next summer.
Tony Romo and Candice Crawford
Tony Romo’s NFL career has been nothing short of stupendous. Now that he is retired, Romo is a broadcaster who is known as one of the best voices in gameday reporting, co-anchoring with Jim Nantz. Romo is CBS Sports’ lead color analyst. Quarterbacking for the Cowboys, Romo racked up records in passing touchdowns and passing yards. He threw the most games with three or more TD passes, and he had the most games with at least 300 passing yards.
On top of that, Romo married Candice Crawford, a stunning former beauty pageant queen and winner of the Miss Missouri title. The couple married in 2011. In 2017, they welcomed their third son.
DeSean Jackson & Kayla Phillips
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson came to the NFL as an All-American from UC Berkeley. In 2008, he went pro. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler, with over 10,400 receiving yards, 55 of those scored touchdowns. Wife Kayla Phillips is a model and social media celeb. The strikingly cute couple have two children and have been together since 2015.
She builds her social media profile and status as an influencer by promoting clothing lines to a following of over 800K on Instagram. She’s doing just fine; Jackson’s NFL salary gives the couple a net worth of about $14 million.
Charles Tillman & Jackie Tillman
Chicago native and legendary Bears cornerback Charles Tillman played 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He’s a two-time Pro Bowler and the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. After a sensational career of slick moves, executing over 900 tackles, he made a new move.
Since his 2015 retirement, just call him FBI agent Charles Tillman. He graduated from the FBI training academy last year. His training included investigations for terrorists, spies and dangerous criminals. He married Jackie Tillman, his longtime love who he met in the seventh grade, in 2005. They have five children together. Jackie is active with their nonprofit Cornerstone Foundation which raises funds for critically ill children.
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
It’s not easy to stay in the spotlight next to Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and former Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek. But Rob Gronkowski has stood his ground. He’s had an outstanding run with the Patriots. Gronkowski’s a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champ. He led in touchdowns in 2011 and is a four-time First-team All-Pro. Whew!
The two have been dating since 2015, after she resigned from the Patriots cheerleading squad, as per league rules—dating is forbidden. She said, “Once I resigned is when we finally met.” But she did admit to knowing Rob before she quit. It was around the time she got the swimsuit cover when they began dating. She told Fox News, “A relationship always feels good when you have your man supporting you,” referring to his Instagram comment praising her SI gig. No update on their relationship yet. We’ll be waiting on the Instagram engagement post!
Tony Gonzalez and October Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez is widely believed to be the best tight end the NFL has ever seen. He’s got a net worth of $20 million to prove it. But it was when he met October that he really scored. With his NFL career behind him, October and family are most important. Gonzalez said, “With three kids, we made a vow to keep each other first. If you don’t have a strong relationship with each other, the kids can see that.” Finally, he concluded, “If we take care of each other emotionally, we can take better care of our kids emotionally.” Aww!
Alongside her pro football hubby, October is no stranger to celebrity. She is a reality TV star and has hosted ET and Rachel Ray. Her latest gig is playing a DJ on Beat Shazam, a Fox network program produced by Jamie Foxx. It’s brought her tons of celeb attention, Tony simply dotes.
Drew Brees and Brittany Dudchenko
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows how to win a Superbowl and he knows how to pick a wife. Brees first met Brittany Dudchenko at Purdue University as sophomores. She is a dedicated wife and mother of four kids.
With her husband’s net worth at $130 million, Dudchenko chooses to devote herself to the children and to community charities. Her social work includes a global charity too. The Brees Dream Foundation, which among other work, provides quality of life assistance to cancer patients. Established in 2003, the foundation has already made available over $25 million to charities worldwide. Dudchenko leads the foundation. She also puts her name and support behind her husband’s nutrition products brand.
Antonio Gates and Sasha Gates
When future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates met musician and model Sasha Gates, it was love at first sight. He fell in love with her in 2007 and married her in 2011. Together they have two children.
The 8-time Pro Bowler (which gives him the NFL record) and LA Chargers veteran is also arguably the best tight end to have ever played in the NFL. In 2015, he caught an astonishing 100 touchdown passes. In January 2020, Gates retired with 16 years as a San Diego and LA Charger. Wife Sasha, for her part, starred on E!’s WAGS LA (Wives and Girlfriends of professional athletes). Now she is a full-time mother and wife with a music career on the side.
Kyle Van Noy and Marissa Powell
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy is proud of his two Super Bowl rings. But he’s also smitten with his Miss Utah beauty queen. When he met Marissa Powell, he said, “I’m just excited, finally, to meet someone that’s half of me, you know? I know I can see myself in them. That’s something I always wanted.” Van Noy admitted once he fell for Powell.
He met his sweetheart at BYU. The two Mormons married in 2014. Married life treats him well. In 2017, he had a stellar season with a career-high of 58 tackles. The following year he hit another career-topper totaling 92 tackles. Meanwhile, Powell has her own success with TV show Ballers.
Jared Goff and Christen Harper
As the first pick at the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff has been turning heads quarterbacking for the Rams. With a trip to the Super Bowl under his belt, for the long-struggling team who hadn’t seen one since 2001, he has a great career ahead of him.
But recently, the two-time Pro Bowler’s new girlfriend has been turning just as many heads. Model and actress Christen Harper and Goff went Instagram official when Goff posted photos of the couple together at the ESPY awards. The California girl appeared in movies Auggie and The Obituary of Tunde Johnson before making an appearance in the quarterback’s life.
Julius Peppers and Claudia Sampedro
Former Green Bay Packer’s pass-rusher Julius Peppers snagged the sexy Cuba-born model and actress Claudia Sampedro in 2014. For years, the couple maintained a loving relationship without the bond of marriage. They already had one child together, plus a blended family, so there was no rush.
Sampedro starred on reality program 'WAGS Miami', a show about women in relationships with athletes. Before he hit the Packers’ roster, Peppers ranked as one of the greatest players ever for the Carolina Panthers. When he appeared on the reality show, he admitted to Sampedro he didn’t really want to be married. Audiences ate up the drama, but Sampedro ate last. They became engaged on November 2016.
Mason Cole & Madison Davis
Arizona Cardinals Mason Cole is somewhat of a newbie to the NFL. In 2017, at Michigan, the 6 ft., 4 in., 307-pound center was named All-Big Ten offensive second team. He signed a four-year, $3.32 million contract with the Cardinals the following year. Cole recently proposed to his childhood sweetheart, Madison Davis, and the couple officially announced their wedding date. It’s a Tampa wedding on February 22, 2020.
The two lovebirds met in junior high school. They dated on and off ever since then, but didn’t become an official couple until sophomore year in high school. These days, Madison is a rookie WAG. They have a bright future ahead of them!
Nick Foles and Tori Foles
Nick Foles came into the league in 2012 as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. He will always be honored for leading the team to their first Super Bowl title over the Patriots as Super Bowl MVP. These days he is a Jacksonville Jaguar, but a broken clavicle has slowed him down some.
He and his wife Tori Foles suffered a terrible blow last year. She announced on Instagram that they lost a pregnancy at 15 weeks. The tragedy was described in detail. She said that the couple, who have a daughter born in 2017, lost a baby boy. Nick Foles tweeted in support with a beautiful heartfelt message.
Jordan Poyer & Rachel Bush
Free safety Jordan Poyer was drafted into the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 but switched over to the Browns after one season. These days, he’s a strong component of the Buffalo Bills defensive team. He married his sweet young wife Rachel Bush in 2018 after dating for three years. The beautiful 22-year-old is an Instagram model, as is their adorable daughter Aliyah, born in 2017. She has her own Instagram page.
As an Insta-model with well over a million followers, it’s no surprise her private life splashes onto her page in dramatic waves. When it came clear that Poyer cheated on the former beauty pageant girl, a tidal wave of emotions flowed back and forth between the two. It culminated with his apology and her acceptance. He said, “can’t wait for us to grow stronger,” and she replied, “. . . I’m no angel either and did things that could’ve pushed him to that point. . . . Two wrongs most certainly do not make a right.” So, it appears they’re even with the cheating thing. Point is, they made up.
Cam Newton and Kia Proctor
When Cam Newton had a good year, he had a good year. Within 12 months, he won the Heisman Trophy, won a national championship, and was the No. 1 first pick overall, in the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s the only player in the modern era to have accomplished all three. He’s also a 3-time Pro Bowler and 2015 NFL MVP. Currently he quarterbacks for the Carolina Panthers.
Rumor is, Cam met Kia at the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Newton and his girlfriend Kia Proctor have four children. They’ve been together over six years. Newton has taken to fatherhood. “Fatherhood has been great… I’m not as bad as I thought I was!!” Newton enthused.
Golden Tate and Elise Tate
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate proposed to Elise on September 12, 2015, back in the days when he was scoring touchdowns for the Lions. His story of secretly surprising her with the perfect ring is worth sharing. He told The Knot, “I flew Chase [Gregory] out (literally with a case of loose diamonds) to examine each one myself and pick the perfect rock. From there, we designed the setting and band.” Tate was hands-on! “I like to think I’ve got some style, so I just created what I thought would be amazing on her. It worked out.”
By now they have two children. A little controversy arose after trying to conceive baby number two. The fertility medication caused a false-positive for performance-enhancing drugs forbidden by the NFL. After signing a $37.5 million contract with the Giants, he began fertility treatment in April. The random testing results cost him a four-game suspension and $1.2 million of lost salary.
Donald Penn and Dominique Penn
After an injury and well over a decade with the league, offensive tackle Donald Penn’s career may be trickling out with a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins. But he’s had an astounding career guarding quarterbacks for the Vikings, the Buccaneers, and the Raiders. At Utah State, he did not allow a single sack throughout his tenure. In a rare move, he signed to the NFL as a free agent when the Minnesota Vikings brought him on in 2006. He proved his brawn by clinching three Pro Bowls and making Second-Team All WAC in 2005.
Dominique Penn came into his life after they married in 2012. They have three children together. As a proud NFL wife, she starred in WAGS LA, until E! canceled the show. At the end of it, she said, “It was a great experience for me because it came right on time but I don’t think it really showed who I was.” She pointed out that she has her own business and she’s into women empowerment, and those parts were left out.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews
This adorable couple hooked up in high school. As childhood sweethearts, one thing they share is an extraordinary athleticism. Brittany Matthews played professional soccer for an Iceland team. Her first year on, the team won the league championship. Patrick Mahomes, for his part, had a stellar start with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He scored 50 touchdowns and ran 6,000 yards in his first year. That season he earned the NFL MVP award.
Meanwhile, Matthews launched Brittany Lynne Fitness, a celebrity fitness website offering specialized training programs.
Eric Johnson & Jessica Simpson
Country pop star and fashion magnate Jessica Simpson is happily married with three children. If you’re asking, “Who is Jessica Simpson married to?” You are not alone. Most people will recall her performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII before they can say which NFL team hubby Eric Johnson signed with.
So, here it is: Johnson played for the San Francisco 49ers six of his seven seasons with the league. Out of Yale, he was picked No. 7 in the 2001 draft. His career net worth of $10 million seems pretty solid, that is, until you compare it with his superstar wife. Jessica Simpson has raked in a net worth of $200 million. Meanwhile, success remains sweet as the chart-topping artist continues to record music and design clothing for her trendy label.
Aaron Ross & Sanya Richards-Ross
Cornerback Aaron Ross is a two-time Super Bowl winner with the NY Giants, the team that snagged him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He also landed on the rosters of the Jaguars, Ravens, and Browns. He sprints the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, but that’s nothing compared with his wife, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist track and field athlete Sanya Richards.
The Jamaican-born Olympian ran the 4x400 meters relay at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. People also know her for Glam and Gold. The reality show following the busy entrepreneur’s hectic daily schedules and routines premiered in 2013. She co-owns two companies, plus a nonprofit. Today she is the proud mother of son “AJ.” The question on everyone’s mind is: track and field or football?
Saquon Barkley and Anna Congdon
Offensive lineman Saquon Barkely scored Rookie of the Year his first season with the SF Giants, devouring over 2,000 yards. The NFL team made a good decision bringing him onto the roster as their second overall pick in the 2018 draft. According to Forbes, he secured a $31.2 million contract and pulls in another $4.5 million in endorsements.
The former Penn State superstar met his rife Anna Congdon at the university. The couple started dating in 2017 and welcomed a baby daughter the next year.
Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes
Osi Umenyiora is a British-born NFL player who rakes in $250,000 signing autographs for one hour. During his long run with the NY Giants, he won two Super Bowls, one in 2007 and another in 2011. Both wins overcame the formidable Patriots franchise.
Wife Leila Lopes has been just as much of a celebrity. She’s a model, TV host, and Miss Universe 2011 beauty queen. As Miss Angola 2010, she represented the British Angolan community. She was born in Angola and is heavily involved with HIV/AIDS awareness. She married Umenyiora in 2015. Together they launched a record label. Uprise Music “unifies Africa, England, Brazil, and America,” Umenyiora told the Telegraph.
Hank Baskett & Kendra Wilkinson
When former Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett met Kendra Wilkinson, she was living in the Playboy Mansion as one of Hugh Hefner’s three extra-special Playboy models. Appropriately, the marriage was held at the mansion when she wedded out of it. Her brother gave her away to hubby Baskett in 2009. At the time, Baskett was on board with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he also caught yard for the Vikings and the Colts. He made Eagles special teams MVP in 2007.
Unfortunately, with the birth of their first child, Baskett’s NFL career was closing in on him while Wilkinson was dealing with postpartum depression. Their life was a mess, but at least the glamour model’s reality show Kendra paid the bills as it documented the couple’s drama, which included an act of infidelity set squarely on Baskett's shoulders. Alas, the demise. The marriage succumbed to divorce by the end of 2018.
Phil Costa & Brooke Hogan
It appears this couple is no longer an item, but we decided to include the story anyway because it is so, um, let’s just call it, remarkable. Former TV reality show star and recording artist Brooke Hogan burst onto Instagram with an exciting announcement mid-summer 2013. With images of NFL center Phil Costa down on one knee, Brooke Hogan posted, “Happiest moment of my LIFE. I am marrying my best friend. I wouldn’t choose anyone else. I am so lucky and so grateful.”
And then the punchline. She doesn’t get to choose who she marries. It wasn’t some sort of backward Southern tradition that stopped her, it was her dad, Hulk Hogan. But what was Hulk's beef with the then-Cowboys center? He was “one of those guys” who “didn’t walk the walk and talk the talk.” However, after retiring from the NFL, Costa went on to be an author and a Columbia Business School MBA graduate with a career in the medical industry. Clearly, not Hulk Hogan’s people.