Wives and girlfriends of the NFL’s most famous players
NFL players are known for their play on the field, but many also happen to be dating or married to women who are superstars in their own right!
You’ll never believe what some of the most famous NFL wives and girlfriends of current and former players like Tom Brady, Tony Romo, and Patrick Mahomes do in their free time!
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
He may be one of the richest quarterbacks in NFL history, but Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in his household. That title belongs to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The supermodel is one of the most recognizable Brazilians on the planet, and she’s also one of the world’s most sought-after models.
In 2014, Bundchen was named the 89th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes — and with that power comes paychecks. Bundchen’s estimated 2016 earnings were roughly $30.5 million, thanks to her modeling appearances and endorsement deals. Brady, meanwhile, racked up “only” $15 million as the best signal-caller in the NFL.
AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb
Three-time BCS National Champion quarterback AJ McCarron was a sensation at Alabama, leading the Crimson Tide to one of college football’s most dominant dynasties ever. But his then-girlfriend turned wife, Katherine Webb, stole some of that shine when McCarron was on the field.
During the 2013 National Championship, announcer Brent Musburger went crazy over Webb in the middle of the broadcast.
The attention helped Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama winner, launch a modeling career. A year after she went viral, Webb appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. Meanwhile, McCarron became a fifth-round NFL Draft pick and has since been one of the league’s most reliable backup quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick
It’s not often two dominant sports figures end up together, but that’s exactly what happened when Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick started dating. Patrick, an ultra-famous NASCAR and IndyCar Driver, became a viral sensation when she became the first woman to lead the IndyCar 500.
Meanwhile, sports fans have become plenty familiar with Rodgers, as the Super Bowl champion quarterback has decimated the NFL for more than a decade, picking apart opposing defenses with precision. By the end of his career, Rodgers may well have a case to make as the most talented quarterback in NFL history.
Antonio Brown and Jena Frumes
Easily the most controversial NFL player in recent memory, Antonio Brown has gone from an unheralded sixth-round draft pick to superstar wide receiver, locker room headache and, eventually, an unemployed waste of talent. Brown spent a large part of 2017 dating Instagram star Jena Frumes. But the romance didn’t last when a secret of Brown’s was revealed.
Jena was under the impression the two were still dating, but she found out Brown had been going back to the mother of his children via social media. The wide receiver posted a photo with his children and their mother on social media, which led Frumes to believe Brown used their relationship as a publicity stunt.
Russell Wilson and Ciara
It’s hard to tell who is more famous between Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, singer/songwriter/actress Ciara. In the early 2000s, Ciara topped the charts with hits like “1,2 Step” and “Goodies,” solidifying her position as an R&B superstar. But Wilson’s NFL career has been equally impressive.
Wilson took the NFL by storm after he was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Seahawks gunslinger led his team to back-to-back NFC Championship games, as well as the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
The couple got married in 2016 and has one child.
Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes
Former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was a terrifying force on the defensive line for decades. Umenyiora was a force in the Giants’ improbable Super Bowl runs (2007, 2011) that both ended in upset wins over the New England Patriots. In 2015, he married former Miss Universe Leila Lopes.
Lopes is one of the world’s most famous supermodels. Hailing from the African nation Angola, Lopes won both Miss Angola UK and Miss Angola in 2010. A year later, she followed up her titles with the vaunted Miss Universe title. In 2018, Lopes announced she was pregnant, and the couple now has a child.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews
Perhaps the heir apparent to Tom Brady as the NFL’s greatest quarterback, young sensation Patrick Mahomes has set the NFL ablaze since becoming a full-time starter in 2018. The Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2017 appears to be on the fast track to rewrite the NFL record books.
Though she’s not a superstar quarterback, Matthews is also a great athlete. She received a scholarship from the University of Texas at Tyler and even played professionally for a team in Iceland called UMF Afturelding/Fram. The couple has spent more than seven years together and seem as happy as ever.
Eli Manning and Abby McGrew
Two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning may not be the record-breaking passer his brother Peyton was, but he’ll retire with two Super Bowl rings. That definitely counts for something. The longtime New York Giants signal-caller has had a solid career, becoming a fixture in the NFL for decades.
Manning met Abby McGrew at the University of Mississippi, in the spring of 2002. Manning, a junior, was the university’s star quarterback. McGrew, meanwhile, was just a freshman. They became official in the fall of that year, as Manning began the 2002 season at Ole Miss. The couple got engaged in 2007 and, a year later, they tied the knot in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari
Former Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was known for being a gunslinger on the field. Cutler managed to marry the famous television personality, fashion designer and actress, Kristin Cavallari.
Cavallari got her first hint of fame in 2004, when she was cast in the reality television series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. A year later, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She has since starred in several television series. Cutler and Cavallari married in 2013.
Drew Brees and Brittany Dudchenko
Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees is beloved in the city of New Orleans, thanks to more than a decade of dominance at the quarterback position. Brees holds NFL records for career pass completions, career completion percentage, and career passing yards. But, of all his accomplishments, his biggest may have been marrying Brittany Dudchenko in 2003.
The couple has had four children together. Brees and Dudchenko founded the Brees Dream Foundation the same year they were married, and they’ve raised millions of dollars for children in need of cancer and post-cancer treatments.
Alex Smith and Elizabeth Barry
Once the first overall pick of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith has made an impact at QB for three different teams. After spending the beginning of his career in San Francisco, Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, and later, the Washington Redskins. In 2009, he married someone who also has NFL connections.
Smith married Elizabeth Barry, who was once upon a time a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders. With Barry, a former NFL cheerleader, and Smith, an NFL quarterback, the two make for a perfect pair. The happy couple has two children together.
Julius Peppers and Claudia Sampedro
Arguably one of the greatest players in Carolina Panthers franchise history, Julius Peppers is one of the most dominant pass-rushers of all-time. But the star pass-rusher’s greatest accomplishment to date arguably came off the field, when he married his wife.
Peppers married WAGS Miami star Claudia Sampedro in 2014, while he was a member of the Green Bay Packers. Eventually, the couple moved back to Carolina, as Peppers reunited with the team that drafted him to finish his career.
Peppers and Sampedro have been married for about a half-decade, and they have one child together.
Tony Gonzalez and October Gonzalez
NFL legend Tony Gonzalez may have had the title of being the best tight end in NFL history, if it weren’t for New England Patriots superstar Rob Gronkowski taking the league by storm. Nevertheless, Gonzalez is easily a top-two tight end in NFL history.
In 2007, Gonzalez married his wife, October Gonzalez, who has made appearances on television every now and then. Though she’s made herself familiar on camera, it’s her husband who remains on TV screens across the nation each week as an NFL analyst.
Tony Romo and Candice Crawford
Iconic Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL broadcaster Tony Romo is one of the biggest names in football. Known for quarterbacking America’s team for about a decade, Romo has since burst onto the national spotlight as a truly gifted football broadcaster.
Romo married a former beauty pageant queen in Candice Crawford. Crawford was also named “Miss Missouri.” The two married in 2011, and they have three children together.
Carson Wentz and Madison Oberg
Super Bowl champion quarterback Carson Wentz has quickly evolved into one of the most prolific passers in football. Over that time, the Philadelphia Eagles star began dating Madison Oberg. After that championship win, Wentz did something incredible.
Less than a week after the Super Bowl win, Wentz popped the question and proposed to Oberg. About a year later, the two married. Wentz appears to have a bright future ahead of him — both on and off the field.
Cooper Kupp and Anna Kupp
A third-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has become one of the NFL’s most talented slot receivers. The Eastern Washington University star product has become the team’s top receiving threat, helping the Rams reach the Super Bowl LIII.
Kupp married his wife, Anna Kupp, in 2015. But their history began long before that, as they met back in high school. In 2018, the couple welcomed their first child into the world. With Kupp being a third-generation NFL player, it may only be a matter of time before his son is suiting up.
A.J. Green and Miranda Brooke
One of the league’s most underappreciated players, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has some serious Hall of Fame potential. Unlike many other star receivers, Green stays out of the spotlight and lets his hands do the talking. In college, a woman named Miranda Brooke caught the star receiver’s attention.
The two attended the University of Georgia. Green went on to play in the NFL, while Brooke wrote a few songs in hopes of becoming a singer. Though that career never quite took off, their family life did, as the couple has had two boys together.
Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson
Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield has taken the NFL by storm since his impressive debut in 2018. Mayfield began dating Emily Wilkinson around the same time as his career with the Cleveland Browns.
After the two were introduced through a mutual friend, Mayfield followed the aspiring Instagram model several times to catch her attention.
Fast forward a year, and the two are already celebrating an incredible marriage. With Mayfield quickly becoming one of the biggest names in football, it wouldn’t be a shock to see these two faces around the NFL for a long time.
Mitchell Trubisky and Hillary Gallagher
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky began to date Hillary Gallagher over the offseason, and the press immediately took notice.
While Trubisky played collegiate football at the University of Carolina, Gallagher spent her college years studying marketing at Florida State University.
The couple’s relationship began quietly, but once they became Instagram-official in 2019, they have become one of Chicago’s most beloved couples. With Trubisky at the helm and Gallagher by his side, fans of the Bears have a lot to be excited about.
Jared Goff and Christen Harper
Since being selected first overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff has quickly established himself as a capable passer on one of football’s most dominant passing offenses in the LA Rams. After Though a Super Bowl run fell short at the hands of the Patriots in 2019, Goff has seen success off the field.
The star quarterback is dating Christen Harper, a model who has also done some acting work. The Los Angeles-based duo easily make for one of the best-looking couples in football and could even make an case for all of sports!
Saquon Barkley and Anna Congdon
Superstar New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley became NYC’s pride and join before even putting on a jersey. At Penn State, Barkley would routinely blow by helpless opponents for weekly highlight reels. The former Nittany Lion is still dating another Penn State student.
Anna Congdon met and began to date Barkley while attending Penn State. Things got pretty serious between the two while they were students, and that never changed. In 2018, the couple welcomed their first child.
Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz
Arguably the greatest power couple in sports, Zach Ertz is a Super Bowl champion and his wife, Julie Ertz, is a World Cup champion. Ertz has helped the Philadelphia Eagles become a dominant team in the league as one of the league’s premier tight ends, while his wife has proven to be a top notch talent on the pitch.
From being named the National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year to becoming a World Cup champion, Ertz can likely run laps around her athletic hubby. These two are still young too and look to have bright futures ahead of them!
Nick Foles and Tori Foles
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was a career journeyman but, in 2018, he led Philly to a Super Bowl, earning Super Bowl MVP honors in the process. His wife, Tori Foles, has been with him since before he became a superstar.
The two married in 2014, when Foles was still in his first stint with the Eagles. He’s played on three more teams since then, becoming a household name in the process.
The couple tragically suffered a miscarriage in 2019, bravely choosing to share their experience on social media.
Christian Ponder and Samantha Ponder
One of the most recognizable power couples in sports, the Ponders have become icons in the football world. Christian Ponder, a star quarterback at Florida State University, was selected with the 12th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Samantha Ponder, meanwhile, has become one of the most high-profile college football reporters in the United States.
Ponder has spent time at Fox Sports and ESPN, establishing herself as a fixture in NCAA football coverage. Her success helped her become the host of ESPN NFL Countdown, one of the most historic football shows on cable television. Though her husband is no longer an NFL quarterback, Ponder can be seen on television every NFL Sunday.
Cam Newton and Kia Proctor
Former first overall pick Cam Newton may be best known among NFL fans for leading the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record in 2015 before ultimately losing the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos. He is the only player to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship and be the first overall pick in an NFL draft in one year.
Newton has spent years with his longtime girlfriend, Kia Proctor. The couple has had three children together and are expecting a fourth to come in late 2019 or early 2020. Meanwhile, Newton continues to impress in the NFL, with his Panthers reaching the playoffs in four of the six seasons from 2013 to 2018.
Antonio Gates and Sasha Gates
Future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates has been a dominant red zone threat for decades. The Chargers’ all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Gates has a legitimate case to make as a top-five tight end of all time. Not bad for a Kent State University product who went undrafted in 2003.
Sasha Gates, meanwhile, has become a television star in her own right over the years. The tight end’s wife has starred on the series WAGS, which follows the lives of famous athletes’ wives and girlfriends. With her husband playing football in Los Angeles before his retirement, WAGS LA was a perfect fit for Sasha.
Robert Woods and Alexandra Woods
The first time Robert Woods approached his now-wife, Alexandra Woods, she blew him off. But after a mutual acquaintance encouraged her to get to know him, Woods gave the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver a chance. They hit it off and began regularly making cross-country flights to see one another.
Woods eventually signed a new contract to join the Los Angeles Rams, which meant he’d live closer to Alexandra. And, after some time, the star receiver proposed to her on a luxurious vacation in Turks & Caicos. Now, he continues to tear it up for the Rams, who recently made an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Donald Penn and Dominique Penn
Offensive tackle Donald Penn has made quite the name for himself in the NFL. The career journeyman has played on four different NFL teams, but he has also earned three Pro Bowl selections. That’s an incredible accomplishment for a player who wasn’t even selected in the NFL Draft.
As if his career accomplishments weren’t enough, Penn also married a star of the television series WAGS LA, Dominique Penn, in 2012. The couple has three children together. And in 2019, 13 years after every team in the NFL passed on the chance to draft him, Penn is still protecting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Brian Quick and Michelle Beltran
A second-round pick in 2012, Brian Quick is the highest NFL Draft pick to ever come out of Appalachian State University. The two-time All-American appeared to be on the fast track to NFL stardom early in his career, but never quite blossomed into the talented teams hoped to see.
Despite Quick’s failure to haul in NFL passes, he made a big catch in 2015. The football star married Michelle Beltran, who is a star in her own right. Beltran has been featured on E’s WAGS show, which follows the beautiful wives and girlfriends of famous athletes in the NFL and other leagues.
Philip Wheeler and Ashley Nicole Roberts
Former Georgia Tech standout linebacker Philip Wheeler parlayed a successful college career into a hefty NFL payday. The former third-round draft pick didn’t see much success early in his professional career, but he eventually managed to sign a five-year, $25 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Wheeler’s contract didn’t pan out, however. After two years, the linebacker was released. He has since failed to find a long-term home in the NFL. Fortunately, however, Wheeler married Ashley Nicole Roberts, a veteran of the U.S. Army and star on the show WAGS. Wheeler’s NFL career may not have been what he might’ve imagined, but he still managed to score with Roberts.
Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker
Eight-year NFL veteran Eric Decker had quite the career for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, and New England Patriots. The former third-round pick was one of the most underrated wide receivers of his era, tallying 54 touchdowns and nearly 6,000 receiving yards in his career.
Eric, however, isn’t the only superstar in his household. Decker’s wife, Jessie James Decker, is a country pop singer-songwriter, reality television star, and fashion designer. After releasing her debut album, Decker starred with her husband in the E! reality show titled “Eric & Jessie: Game On.”
Kyle Van Noy and Marissa Powell
Two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker Kyle Van Noy has been a difference-maker for the New England Patriots since he was traded to the team by the Detroit Lions. The former second-round pick was an afterthought at the time of the trade, but he has evolved into one of football’s most talented linebackers.
Van Noy’s wife is a star in her own right. Marissa Powell is known for her success as an actress on the show “Ballers.” Powell, formerly Miss Utah in 2013, is also known for her success as a former beauty pageant queen.
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
Perhaps the greatest tight end to ever play the sport of football, Rob Gronkowski has been a difference-maker throughout his NFL career. The three-time Super Bowl champ has been a key target of Tom Brady, playing an important role in the New England Patriots’ dynasty run.
Throughout much of Gronk’s success, Camille Kostek has been by his side. She has gained national recognition, thanks in large part to her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. But a 2019 solo cover with the magazine gained her international prominence. In the past, she’s been an NFL cheerleader and sports show host.
Ryan Tannehill and Lauren Tannehill
Longtime Miami Dolphins quarterback-turned Tennessee Titans starter Ryan Tannehill is one of the NFL’s most interesting players. The signal-caller began his college career as a wide receiver, only to transition over to quarterback in the middle of his tenure. Eventually, he became an NFL-caliber passer.
Tannehill’s wife, Lauren Tannehill, has earned some buzz of her own as the quarterback has made a name for himself in the NFL. She was once rumored to star in a Maxim photo shoot, but despite rumors, the shoot never materialized. The pair has a son and two dogs together.
Golden Tate and Elise Tate
Super Bowl champion wide receiver Golden Tate is a legendary figure in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. The former second-round pick had a breakout season in 2013, showcasing his immense talent en route to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl championship. Tate has since played for three other NFL clubs and earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2014.
While Golden has become an NFL star, his wife Elise Tate has been by his side. The couple has been married for a few years, and they have two children together. And no matter where the Tates have been, they have always been beloved by fans of the team Golden plays for!