Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is dating ESPN personality Samantha Steele. This was news to the world yesterday, but not to Ponder who has been aware of the relationship from the beginning. From ESPN Twin Cities:
“This is big news, huh?” the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback said. “Good Lord.”
“There’s been a thousand articles today about it,” Ponder said. “You can’t really worry about it. You’ve got to try to keep it private, but that’s just part of the industry, part of the job. I don’t know. Comes with the territory.
“I’m proud of the relationship,” Ponder said, smiling. “I can brag. I’ve got bragging rights, I believe.”
Teammates have started calling him Mr. Steele, but he thinks that Christian Steele is a “sweet name.” When you’re dating Samantha Steele, you do get to brag. However, it seems that not everyone thinks this relationship is great.
S/O to all the grown men critiquing my wardrobe/relationship choices. If it werent for y’all, I might’ve forgotten how awesome JR High was;)
— Samantha Steele (@Samantha_Steele) October 20, 2012
We here at TBL have nothing but nice things to say about Steele’s wardrobe choices and any jokes about Ponder out-kicking the coverage are purely meant as compliments towards Steele.
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