The success of a man depends on how a woman has played a role in his life. Everyone knows the first interaction a man could have with the opposite gender is his mother. That alone can make or break anyone. It doesn’t mean they should get all credit from a man who has worked his ass of to get to wherever he is right now. However, women have proven time and time again that men can make something out of life if they co-exist with a female in their lives.
From the great kings of the past to the influential leaders of today, women have given men invaluable support sparking actions that changed the course of history. Take for example the successful athletes of today. While it’s true that their fame and glory is because of how well they played in court, but what happens when they are outside is when women play their game. They say that behind every strong athlete is a powerful woman. Read on find out The Inspiration Beside These Successful Athletes using this list of Inspiring Wives of Famous Athletes.
Ayesha Curry & Stephen Curry
First on this list is the beautiful Mrs. Ayesha Curry. Stephen was part of her church youth group in Charlotte, North Carolina when they were teenagers. Ayesha, being the not so easy woman to get, initially turned him down. But Stephen didn’t stop without a fight and was eventually able to go on a date with her. They got married a few years after that and had two daughters.
Back then, they never expected that they’d even have the title as an “NBA Power Couple,” but now they are. The couple remains humble and loving of each other despite Stephen’s ruthless success and Ayesha’s budding culinary empire.
Leila Lopes & Osi Umenyiora
Leila Lopes has led a very successful career in her lifetime. The Angolan actress and TV host didn't only join but won the titles of Miss Angola 2010, Miss Angola UK 2010, and Miss Universe 2011. It's more than safe to say that her resume? Pretty massive. It was only a matter of time until she meets someone who will want to marry and build a family with her.
That someone would be the likes of ex-New York Giants defensive end player, Osi Umenyiora. They got introduced by publicist BJ Coleman during a fashion week show in 2012. One year later, Umenyiora popped the question, and they tied the knot on two years later on May 29 in Luanda, Angola.
Brooklyn Decker & Andy Roddick
As most of you know, Brooklyn Decker is a model. She has graced the leaves of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and received rave reviews from the press and fans alike. She also appeared in a few films and television shows as an actress.
In the year 2007, she started dating Andy Roddick, a professional U.S tennis player. The twosome hit it off quite well that Roddick proposed to her the next shortly after a year. When they got married on April 17, 2009, the couple moved to Austin, Texas where they started building their life as a family. Decker gave birth to a bouncing baby boy named Hank in 2015 followed by a beautiful baby girl named Stevie in 2018.
Yvette Prieto & Michael Jordan
Yvette Prieto is a Cuban model who dated Juliooiglesia Jr. who was the older brother of a famous singer and songwriter, Enrique Iglesias. The two broke up and eventually met Michael Jordan at a club in the year 2008. Three years later, Michael proposed to her and they got engaged. They officially got married in April 2013 where A-list singers Robin Thicke and Usher performed that their Palm beach wedding reception.
Yvette considers herself as the mother to Jordan's three children from his previous wife, Juanita Vanoy. As if three wasn't enough, Yvette went on to give Jordan twin daughters in February 2014.
Georgina Rodriguez & Christiano Ronaldo
Georgina Rodriguez is a Spanish model who worked at a Gucci Stor in Madrid. Her love story began with Christiano Ronaldo when she caught his eye as he was at the VIP holding lounge of a Dolce and Gabanna event.
The next thing the press knew, they were spotted dating around towards the end of 2016. Georgina and Christiano are not yet married, but they had their first daughter on November 12, 2017, and they named her Alana Martina. Rodriguez also takes care of Christiano's kids Eva, Mateo and Cristiano Jr.
Anna Burns & Wes Welker
Anna Burns is known to be a fierce, loving and protective wife. When her husband, Wes Welker was still part of the New England Patriots, and they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, she quickly stood up for her man and took her frustrations out on Ray Lewis through social media. She then went on to call him out for his wrongdoings.
Anna Burns was a former model who won the Miss Hooters title in the year 2005. Welker proposed to her on January 2012 and got married later in the same year.
Nessa Diab & Colin Kaepernick
Nessa Diab is a Television host and a radio personality who started dating Colin Kaepernick who was then a quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers in July of 2015. Her husband is most probably known for his subsequent release from the 49ers organization as well as the National Anthem Protest.
Nessa might have hurt the chance of her husband playing for the Ravens when she made a bad social media move. She tweeted something about the Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Ray Lewis to the characters from the film Django Unchained. It was a movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.
Tiffany Price & David Price
Tiffany Price graduated from Kansas State University and is a woman who speaks her mind, especially when she published some very pointed tweets against the Boston organization and its fans way back in the year 2013. Who knew that she would marry someone from that team?
In the year 2016, she tied the knot with David Price, a Boston Red Sox pitcher. They had their first son who they name Xavier the following year.
Laticia Rolle & Shaquille O'Neal
Laticia Rolle is a 2010 graduate from Eckerd College, where she played on the women's basketball team. What keeps her busy today is her lifestyle blog, Bluhazl.com. Together with her sister D'Ana the domain continues to be successful. She dated the former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal in 2014. Two years after, rumors of them being engaged surface on social media as people tried to speculate their exchange of Instagram comments, where Shaq popped the question.
When asked, the two denied and claimed that they are just joking with each other. A year after that, engagement rumors rose up again after Laticia posted a photo with a ring on her finger.
Jaime Edmonson & Evan Longoria
Jaime Edmonson grew up in Florida from a family of police officers that it wasn't much of a surprise that she would pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at the Florida Atlantic University in 2002. She would then become a night shift police officer in Boca Raton for two years. She left public service to become a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.
Edmonson isn't one to shy away from the limelight as she competed in a reality show called The Amazing Race season 14 as well as become Playmate of the month in January 2010. To top all of that, she married MLB star Even Longoria and is currently living a happy and peaceful life.
Lilit Avagyan & Reggie Bush
Lilit Avagyan is a world-renowned dancer who trained in Europe for twelve years. She also won the 2010 Rising Star Dance Competition in Florida and appeared on the hit show Dancing With The Stars as part of Australia's Latin American World Championships for dance in the year 2013.
After all that, she decided to settle down and marry the former Heisman trophy winner and now retired NFL runningback player Reggie Bush. Today, they have three children together which they named Briseis Avagyan Bush, Agyemang Bush, and Uriah Bush.
Katherine Webb & AJ McCarron
Katherine Webb is famous for her appearance at the 2013 BCS National Championship Game broadcast which she did not expect. When the camera panned to focus on her, the announcer Brent Musburger said: "You quarterbacks get all the good-looking women." The footage spread like wildfire across the internet and went viral shortly after.
Katherine is a beauty queen, model, TV personality and wife of AJ McCarron, the quarterback of Cincinnati Bengals.
Antonella Roccuzzo & Lionel Messi
Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi knew each other since they were just kids. Lionel was her cousin's childhood friend, and at five years old, Antonella would do everything to make an excuse so she could visit her childhood crush.
Simply put, the two knew each other their whole lives, but they kept it a secret until 2008 when they went public with their relationship. They got married in 2016 which happened in Argentina. Reports described it as an elaborate yet secretive ceremony. Today, their relationship appears to grow only stronger with three sons on their side.
Kim DeJesus & David DeJesus
Kim DeJesus is a model, actress and an artsy person overall. They say that she can do almost anything. She was also a contestant on season 3 of The Amazing Race and is a recipient of a prestigious Katherin K. Herberger painting scholarship. Her art was compelling enough for someone to pay for her studies to improve it more at Arizona State University. Here, she continued getting her post-graduate degree in Art Education.
On top of that, she has been part of many shows like "HERlarious" and "Sullivan and Sons." All that and more as she married David DeJesus who is a recently retired professional baseball outfielder. What an achiever!
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Carrie Underwood is a famous singer who won the fourth season of American Idol with a total of 500 million votes. She's also released several hit songs and albums in the Country Genre and is now the loving wife of NHL Player, Mike Fisher. They met each other at a backstage meet-and-greet where thanked her bassist for setting it up for her.
Their relationship grew despite Underwood staying in Nashville and Fisher living in Canada. They had their first kiss on a New Year's Eve of 2008. Underwood, with no hesitation, said yes when Fisher Popped the question on December the next year. They got married in 2010 and finally lived in the same state when her husband joined the Nashville Predators in the year 2011. They had their first baby boy in 2015, and they named it after a biblical character, Isaiah.
Danica Patrick & Aaron Rodgers
It almost feels like there's something between the breakup of both Danica Patrick & Aaron Rodgers from their respected exes on 2017. But we're not here to talk about how it feels like the two orchestrated everything. Moving on, Danica Patrick broke up with her fellow NASCAR driver boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in December 2017 while Aaron Rodgers broke up with actress Olivia Munn a month before that.
A month later Danica's breakup, she publicly announced that she's dating Aaron Rodgers. They claim that they first met at the 2012 ESPY Award but remained distant friends that see each other every year at the same awards show. They say that it wasn't until recently when they realized that they have a lot of common ground.
Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
Everyone from her generation knew who Gabrielle Union was. She was an actress famous for her breakthrough role in the hit 2000 comedy, Bring It On. She had dated several athletes in the past like Jason Kidd way before he took off his career in the NBA. Four years before marrying her current husband, Dwayne Wade, she married famous NFL player Chris Howard. They separated in the year 2005 and divorced the next year.
Gabrielle Union met Dwayne in the year 2009 and dated until a brief split in 2013 claiming that they have to deal with their career demands, but all is well when they got back together and married in the year 2014.
Elise Tate – Wife Of Golden Tate
Elise Tate is a degree holder of Marketing and Sales from the University of Washington. She is the director of business development at Harvey Nash and is killing it on the corporate ladder. When Mrs. Tate was in college, she participated in intramural activities like softball, tennis, golf, and soccer. Elise also has strong advocacies on pet adoption.
She married Golden Tate, Detroit Lions' NFL wide receiver in 2017 on a private beach in Cabo San Lucas with 250 guests. Today, the two appears to have a stronger bond than ever before.
Paulina Gretz & Dustin Johnson
Paulina Gretz is no stranger to the glitz and glam that comes in being connected with a famous athlete. She is the eldest heir to the riches of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and the fiance of the famed PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson.
Dustin popped the question to Paulina in 2013; they already have two sons named Tatum Gretzky and River Jones. It only took the couple seven months to decide to marry each other. They are engaged yes, but they are taking their time before they finally tie the knot.
Candace Romo & Tony Romo
Candace Romo was a reporter and anchor covering the local high school sports scene in Dallas, Texas. She would then enter the world of pageantry and win Miss Missouri. Shortly after, Candace competed in Miss USA, and even as a strong contender, Mrs. Romo did not win. She met quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys in 2009.
On Candace's 24th birthday, Tony Romo popped the question, and she immediately said yes. She then went on to leave her reporting job and changed her last name from Crawford to Romo when they married during the 2011 NFL lockout. Today, she lives a happy life with her loving husband and two beautiful children.
Hannah Jeter & Derek Jeter
Hanna Davis is a model from the U.S Virgin Islands who grew up being an athlete herself. She was a tennis player who took part in the Caribbean tennis Circuit where she was part of the Caribbean National Team.
She started dating Derek Jeter, a retired Yankee in 2012. They got engaged in November of 2015 and married him a year after following his retirement. They continue to build a happy life for themselves together with daughter Bella Raine.
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Kristin Cavallari is well-known for her roles in Laguna Beach, an MTV reality show and The Hills, its 2009 spinoff. She has quite a good reputation as an actress in both film and television which she began pursuing in the year 2004. She started dating Jay Cutler, a well-respected NFL quarterback in late 2010, the two was perfect for each other that they decided to get engaged the following April of 2011.
Unfortunately, the two called it off three months after the proposal. But the wedding cancellations didn't stop them from reconciling a few months after that, and despite the many issues that enveloped their relationship Cutler and Cavallari eventually got married in June 2013. Today, they are a happy family with two sons named Camden and Jaxon and one beautiful daughter, Saylor.
Bruna Marquezine & Neymar Jr.
Bruna Marquezine is a Brazilian actress and model who happens to be also the loving girlfriend of the professional soccer player, Neymar Jr. The two started dating right after being introduced together at a carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro in the year 2012.
Like most relationships, they share some good and bad times with occasional on and off gossips going around. But no matter how long they don't talk to each other or how heavy their issues are, they almost always manage to patch things up. It's only a matter of time until someone pops the question. Until then, keep your eyes peeled.
Sofia Balbi & Luis Suarez
Here's a person who never gave up on someone they love. Meet Sofia Balbi, the woman who helped Luis Suarez, a famous Barcelona strike, become the best that he can be. Everyone knew and loved Luis for his incredible talent in the field, but everyone hated him outside of that. He was infamous for how badly he behaved around people.
All of it remained a seemingly hopeless topic until his 15-year-old self met a 13-year-old Sofia. She helped him realize the things that matter most in his life and sorted everything out accordingly. When he was with her, his career skyrocketed to the point that he became one of the all-time greats. Luis eventually married Sofia in 2009. She gave him a beautiful family with one daughter and a son.
Savannah Brinson & Lebron James
Savannah Brinson knew the now-ultra famous basketball player Lebron James way back in high school. They met at a football game, and their first date together was at Outback Steakhouse. Savannah didn't have any idea that James was a genius in the court until he invited her to watch his game.
When James proposed to Savannah on New Year's Eve 2011, she immediately said yes. They had a lovely wedding reception in San Diego two years after. Today, they continue to be a loving family with three children they call their own.
Nicole Johnson & Michael Phelps
The beautiful Nicole Johnson was a Miss California USA titleholder who later on married Michael Phelps. The first time they ever laid their eyes on each other was during the ESPY Awards in the year 2007. They started dating each other in 2009 but come 2012, the two split-up for the reason that Phelps wanted to focus on the 2012 Olympic games, allegedly.
Reports say that he had such an iconic performance in the 2008 Olympics that it pressured him wrongly. Nicole got back with Phelps two years after the incident. They got engaged in 2015, had their first son named Boomer Robert in 2016, and married a month later.
Victoria Beckham & David Beckham
Victoria Beckham or what most people call her, Posh Spice, was part of an internationally acclaimed girl band that rose to fame in the 1990s, the Spice Girls. Everyone thought Victoria was going to marry Corey Haim, but their relationship unexpectedly was put to a halt but under good terms in the year 1995. Two years after the breakup, she dated a famous soccer star, David Beckham and got engaged by 1998. They eventually got married and is still considered as one of the strongest relationships amongst celebrities today.
The Beckhams have three sons named Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David and a daughter named Harper Seven.
Larisa Fraser & Ryan Braun
Larisa Fraser is a successful fashion and lingerie model who also runs her health-food blog entitled Model Eats. She is currently married to Ryan Braun who's a left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. She stood firmly by her husband when Braun was under a scandal that revealed him to be using performance-enhancing drugs. It was 2013 when that happened, and he was lucky enough to have a wife who never judged him but continued to uplift him regardless.
Their relationship has genuinely been tried and tested through thick and thin and she will continue to do it for the years to come.
Jelena Djokovic & Novak Djokovic
Jelena and Novak Djokovic have known each other ever since they were in high-school. Novak would eventually become a world-renowned Serbian tennis player who would, later on, marry his childhood friend, Jelena. The two started dating in 2005 and got engaged eight years after. A few months after the engagement, Novax married Jelena while she was pregnant with their first child.
In 2015, she gave birth to a baby boy named Stefan followed by a baby girl named Tara in September of 2017. Today, they are continuously building their family and appears to be very happy with the company of each other.
Ciara & Russell Wilson
Ciara experienced a quick rise to fame when she dropped her first album entitled "Goodies" in the year 2003. She birthed a child while she was engaged in 2014 to rapper Future. The wedding did not push through due to some issues, and the two called it quits.
Twelve years after that, Ciara started dating quarterback Russel Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. The relationship went smooth and romantic that they got engaged the following year. They got married at the fancy Peckforton Castle located in Cheshire, England a few months after. They had their first-born by April of 2017.
Kate Upton & Justin Verlander
Kate Upton is one of the sexiest and hottest models of her time. She also did some acting in the course of her career, but probably one of the most significant projects she made was during a commercial shoot for the video game MLB 2K12. There, she met her future husband, Justin Verlander. They started dating in the early summer of 2012 and had a brief split in the first quarter of 2013.
Upton then dated Maksim Chmerkovskiy for a couple of months before finally getting back with Verlander. It wasn't easy Verlander as he reportedly proposed several times to Kate before getting her to say yes in 2016. The marriage ceremony happened in a romantic medieval church located in Tuscany, Italy a year after.
Kelly Hall & Matthew Stafford
Kelly Hall and Matthew Stafford have known each other way back in college. The lovers attended college together at the University of Georgia. It might be her beautiful golden locks that swept Matthew off his feet or the way she smiled when he's trying to be funny, but whatever it is, it sure was potent enough to keep the highest paid player in all of NFL history swoon in love from college up until today.
For those of you who don't know about Matthew, he is a quarterback for the Detroit Lions. The two had a "quarterback falls in love with a cheerleader" life story feel to it, and a lot of fans are head over heels about their relationship. They got married in 2015, which was not a surprise to their friends, families, and fans as well.
Larsa Pippen & Scottie Pippen
You probably know Larsa Pippen from The Real Housewives of Miami. She's married to the Legendary Scotti Pippen, the star of Chicago Bulls. They gained four children from that marriage, and they named them Sophia, Justin, Preston, and Scottie.
After 19 years of being married, the couple faced an almost fatal situation to their married life that Scottie almost filed for divorce in 2016. Fortunately for them, they were able to settle their differences and called off what might have been a $120 million divorce.
Dee Devlin & Connor McGregor
Dee Devlin and Connor McGregor have shown the world what it means to be a team. Though not married, their 10-year relationship withstood the test of time. Dee showed undying support to Connor since day one. Long before the money, fame and UFC titles came. She is exemplary that there are still people who will stay through thick and thin.
Today, Connor McGregor has shown deep appreciation for everything that Dee has done for him. He expresses his gratitude in several ways like shopping sprees, social media posts and taking care of her as a person. They continuously juggle life together; Dee manages his finances while McGregor fights in the wrong. They had a son in May 2017 and named him Conor Jr.
Lauren Tannehill & Ryan Tannehill
Lauren Tannehill rose to social media fame shortly after she got married to famous quarterback Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins on January 2012. She met her husband in 2009 while spending her spring break in Panama City Florida. They were both students of Texas A&M during that time, and they didn't have any idea they eventually settle down build a family for their own.
The Tannehills had their first child in the year 2016, and they named her Stella Rose. The couple claimed that their baby girl immediately stole their hearts the moment they ever laid eyes on her. Lauren, as a non-showbiz personality, was most famous for an incident in 2014 where she forgot to remove a legally-owned weapon from the back seat of a rental car.
Samantha Ponder & Christian Ponder
A Phoenix Arizona local, Samantha Ponder went to The King's College in New York City. She made friends and connections that eventually led her to the world of broadcasting, and she had Ben Keeperman manager of ABC Sports Radio to thank for that. It wasn't long until she landed an internship with ABC and got her career snowballing from there.
Samantha then transferred to Liberty University to finish her studies and then started working for Fox Sports. She moved to ESPN short after two years. After a building a successful career, she decided to settle down and marry quarterback Christian Ponder of the Vikings in the year 2012. Today, they are enjoying their best life to the fullest with their two kids.
Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady
At some point in Gisele Bundchen's career, she became the highest paid supermodel in the world. She married New England Patriot's quarterback, Tom Brady in 2009 and have stood by him through thick and thin. Sources say that they got introduced through a mutual friend in 2006 and both fell in love with each other instantly.
Bundchen, being the supermodel that she is, remained faithful to her man despite knowing that Brady got his ex pregnant with his son two months after they got together. Today, the power couple is enjoying their lives inside their $10 million sustainable home in Brookline, Massachusetts with their two beautiful children.
Jessie James & Eric Decker
Jessie James rose to fame as a singer after she released her first album in 2009. Before marrying the man of her life, wide receiver Eric Decker, rumors claim that she dated Reggie Bush. True or not, it doesn't matter since she and her husband made a great team. The two even had their very own reality show on the E! network entitled Eric & Jessie: Game On. The show performed very well that it lasted for three seasons.
Today, they enjoy the life of having a loving and big family with three children making their time worthwhile.
Kia Proctor & Cam Newton
Kia Proctor was a single working mother before she met Cam Newton, the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. The first time the public ever saw them together was in 2013 when they attended a red carpet event in Kentucky Derby.
Cam Newton was known to be very quiet when it comes to his personal life and most especially his love life. But having a son with Kia changed all that. Today, Kia remains as Cam's boyfriend and appear to be happier than ever. Their relationship goes to show that labels aren't everything.
Shakira & Gerard Pique
Famous singer, songwriter and performer Shakira is currently dating, almost to the point of marrying, professional soccer player for FC Barcelona and member of the 2011 Spanish national team Gerard Pique. Their love for each other teaches the world that age is just a number as she is ten years older than Pique.
The two officially met on the set of Shakira's music video for the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup entitled "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" Reports say that they hit it off pretty well right after then. They have been supporting and loving each other for more than eight years.