They say behind every strong man is a strong woman, so it makes sense that behind some of the toughest NFL players out there there’s a seriously beautiful woman. For women with looks, smarts, and personalities like this, it’s no wonder they ended up with some of the best athletes in the world.
These NFL WAGS (wives and girlfriends) include everything from supermodels to pageant queens and actresses. Some of them are even professional athletes dominating in their own fields. Check out these WAGs and decide for yourself if they’re out the NFL player’s league.
Rob Gronkowski has been a staple in the New England Patriots lineup since 2010. During that time, Camille Kostek was also seen frequently on the field, not as his girlfriend, but as a member of the team’s cheerleading squad.
It wasn’t until she retired from cheerleading and moved on to tv reporting in 2015 that the two began their relationship. They’re still together and in Camille’s words, “You hate us’ cause you ain’t us.”
You might recognize Ariel from her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. No big deal right? It was all thanks to her modeling career that Ariel connected with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The two met at the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary party and hit it off immediately. The two became engaged in 2014, and she just gave birth to his second child.
The former Laguna Beach reality star needs no introduction and neither does her husband, quarterback Jay Cutler. The two married in 2013 and have had three children together. While Kristin took a backseat raising their family while Jay was still in the NFL, now that he’s retired, the roles have changed.
Kristin has launched her fashion line and is filming the second season of her reality show Very Cavallari. We’re sure Jay enjoys taking time to relax and letting his wife become the breadwinner now.
Marissa is the wife of Kyle Van Noy, an outside linebacker for the New England Patriots. The two got married in 2014, the same year he was drafted by the NFL. Being a Patriot means Kyle knows what it’s like to be a winner, but so does Marissa. She’s actually a former Miss Utah pageant queen.
Since getting married, she’s given up her pageant life and the two spend a lot of time with adopted and foster kids.
Wife to former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, it’s surprising it took these two so long to get together. Samantha is the current host of Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN and has been a sports reporter for years.
They should have crossed paths in real life but it wasn’t until Christian slid into her Twitter DMs that they began dating. After only two months of dating they got married and now have three children together.
Longtime defensive end Julius Peppers began dating model and actress Claudia Sampedro in 2014. Claudia is Cuban born and actually rose to fame not for her numerous magazine covers, but for her likeness to Kim Kardashian.
Before ever meeting Julius she had gained more than one million Instagram followers. Now, the two are engaged and raising their blended family while Julius just continues playing football at a time where most of his contemporaries have long since retired.
This Canadian beauty was working as a lingerie model when she met outside linebacker Larry English. The two immediately hit it off and fans could watch their courtship on the reality show WAGS LA. After four years of dating, Larry popped the question to Nicole on the season finale of the show.
Thanks to their high-profile engagement we also got to watch their wedding when they pledged to stay together “for richer or for richer.”
It took a while but running back Reggie Bush finally decided to settle down and choose a woman to spend his life with. After dating WWE Diva Eve Torres, mogul Kim Kardashian, and country singer Jessie James, Reggie finally decided to lock down dance teacher Lilit Arvagyan.
Lilit is an accomplished dancer from Armenia. She won the Rising Star open dance competition in 2010 and has even been a guest performer on Dancing With The Stars.
If you follow all of the biggest Instagram influencers then you’ll recognize Kayla Phillips. She began as a model and quickly used her stunning looks and personality to gain a massive following on social media. It was on a social media platform that she began speaking to the Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Even though the two haven’t officially tied the knot, DeSean makes frequent appearances on her Instagram and they have two children together.
The most famous NFL wife has to be the brilliant Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Gisele shot to fame in the 1990s and her stunning looks even led her to date Leonardo DiCaprio for five years.
Gisele is now married to the GOAT, Tom Brady. The two were set up on a blind date in 2006 and married in 2009. Depending on who you talk to, Tom Brady is simply known as Gisele Bündchen’s husband.
Kasey has worked as a bikini model and advertiser, but her social media following went through the roof after she began dating former wide receiver Lance Moore. The two began dating in 2013 and finally married in 2016. Kasey is no stranger to being a devoted NFL fan after she casually dated running back Stevan Ridley.
Now, she’s a happy mother of two absolutely adorable little girls. Even though Lance has retired, their family is frequently seen on the sidelines at games.
The Grammy-winning singer didn’t publicize many of her relationships until she began dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Ciara and Russell announced their relationship in 2015 and within a year he had proposed.
Ciara and Russell have had to deal with some of the pop star’s past drama though. Her ex-fiancée Future, who Ciara has a child with, has made comments about Russell “not being a man” in the relationship. Maybe Russell should ask Future to show off his Super Bowl ring and then they can talk.
Former tight end Tony Gonzalez met his wife October when she was working at a bar in California. When Tony tried to hit on her, she denied him because she was in a relationship. A few months later, Tony found out October was finally single and he took his chance.
It worked out in his favor and the two took “commitment vows” in 2007. Now, October is a television personality on multiple FOX shows and even co-hosted with Rachel Ray.
Yet another beauty queen has managed to capture the heart of an NFL player. Leila Lopes was well known in the pageant circles and won the title of Miss Universe in 2011. Shortly after her win, she met former defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
The two dated while Osi played for the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons. After his retirement from the NFL, the two married in a lavish ceremony.
It’s not known when Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green met singer and songwriter Miranda Brooke, but the two tied the knot in 2015 with a star-studded wedding. A.J.’s teammates like Mohamed Sanu and Andy Dalton were there to cheer them on.
Miranda has put her singing career on hold while she and A.J. start a family. She gave birth to their first child in 2016 and spends her time otherwise as a social media influencer.
The girlfriend of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck knows what high-level competition is like. She’s competed in international gymnastics competitions and was named MVP of her 2012 college gymnastics team. In fact, the two met at Stanford when they were both playing on their college sports teams.
Nicole now works as a field producer for NBC and ESPN which allows her to support Andrew while developing her own career in the sports world.
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Jessie James achieved fame as a country singer long before she added Eric Decker’s last name. She released her debut album in 2009 and people would recognize her from singles like “Wanted” and “Boys in the Summer.” Jessie was briefly linked to another NFL player, Reggie Bush, before meeting and marrying Eric.
Since their marriage in 2013, Jessie has continued to make music while becoming a mother of three and starring in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On.
The long-time girlfriend of quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been supporting her man throughout his entire football career. The two have been together since when they met at Whitehouse High School. While Patrick went onto play college football at Texas Tech, Brittany received her own sports scholarship and played soccer at UT Tyler.
Now, Brittany runs her own personal training business and even uses her skills to help out Patrick. He says “her competitive nature” is what he loves most about her.
Candice Crawford is connected to not one, but two famous men. She’s the wife of former NFL quarterback Tony Romo and the sister of Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford. Her famous connections didn’t stop her from making a career of her own. When she met Tony, she had just won Miss Missouri and was on her way to compete in the Miss USA pageant.
Candice then decided to go back to school for journalism and now runs her own essential oils business.
Katherine Webb is the wife of quarterback A.J. McCarron, but rose to fame as a model and pageant queen. The Miss Alabama winner began dating A.J. in 2013 and her appearance at one of his games led to a viral video.
At the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, the broadcast zoomed in on her cheering A.J. on. Hilariously, the commentator stopped to talk about how beautiful she was and even remark how “quarterbacks get all the good-looking women.”
This former Playboy model and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner caught the eye of wide receiver Hank Baskett. The two were actually introduced by Kendra’s mother and after only six months of dating, Hank proposed to her.
The two were married for nine years and had two children before Kendra filed for divorce from Hank. During the divorce proceedings, she awkwardly tweeted an apology to Hank and said she was the reason his football career ended.
This former Oakland Raiders cheerleader crossed enemy lines when she began dating quarterback Alex Smith. The two met in 2007 at a St. Patrick’s Day festival and dated for two years before tying the knot. Since 2009, the couple has had two sons together.
Elizabeth’s focus has been on raising her family and contributing to Alex’s charities. The couple works closely with foster teens and raises money to help send them to college.
It was at the end of Nnamdi Asomugha’s 11-year NFL career that he met actress Kerry Washington. The cornerback met Kerry when he had begun to dabble in acting while he was still in the NFL. After his retirement in 2013, the two married.
Kerry has won numerous awards for her performance in the show Scandal. Now that Nnamdi is getting further into acting, he’s got a pretty good coach.
In 2011, tight end Antonio Gates married Sasha Dindayal. As soon as they tied the knots, people started realizing just how interesting and eventful her life is. Sasha is best known as a “video vixen.” She’s appeared in numerous hip hop music videos and has been connected to many musicians.
Sasha was also engaged to another former NFL player, Marcellus Wiley, but they never made it official. To top off the drama, her sister is rumored to have Jay-Z’s love child.
The wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford seems to be the perfect fit for the franchise player. Kelly and Matt met when they were both attending the University of Georgia. Matt was playing football and Kelly was on the cheerleading squad.
Kelly continued cheering him on after he was drafted by the NFL and the two were married in 2014. In 2016, the Detroit Lions had Kelly use her college cheer skills to help build their cheerleading squad.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Madi met wife receiver David Nelson while she was on a trip to Haiti in 2012. The two bonded over their faith, traveling, and trying new things. David’s career with the NFL ended in 2015 and now all of their focus is on their family.
Madison gave birth to their only child in 2017 and now runs a lifestyle blog that documents the family’s day to day life.
The wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is credited as being the strong woman behind his success. The two of them met in college at Texas A&M. They married the same year that Ryan was drafted as the 8th overall pick in 2012.
While Lauren spends her day modeling and raising their son, she’s also put in time being Ryan’s biggest supporter. Ryan injured his knee in 2017 and credited Lauren with helping get him out of those “dark times.”
Elise became a famous face in the NFL after becoming engaged to wide receiver Golden Tate in 2015. They tied the knot in Mexico in 2017 and have spent much of their time together helping bring other couples together.
Elise’s job at Harney Nash means she has some exclusive connections with the famous jeweler, Ritani. She works with Golden’s foundation that supports veterans. Together, they help vets design personalized engagement rings and propose to their loved ones.
People today might recognize Carmella before they recognize her husband, Jeff Garcia. The former quarterback has been retired for a long time but he’s managed to nab one of the most beautiful women in the world. Carmella is a model who was awarded Playmate of the Year in 2004.
From her modeling fame, Carmella starred in the E! reality series The Girls Next Door and even became a WWE Diva.
Lacey if the wife of Matt Flynn, AKA the former backup quarterback to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Lacey and Matt met when they were both enrolled at Louisiana State University. The two dated long-distance for five years. He was struggling to find a career while she became Miss Louisiana USA in 2009.
Now, Lacey works as an actress and has appeared in films like Bullet to the Head and Revenge of the Bridesmaids.