Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder and ESPNís Samantha Steele are a couple
After “Busted Coverage” started rumors earlier in the week that Christian Ponder and a rising ESPN sideline reporter may be an item, the quarterback came out and acknowledged his relationship with the lovely "College GameDay” host Samantha Steele.
"This is big news, huh?" stated Christian Ponder, who was hounded by reporters at the locker room after practice. "Good Lord.”
The two reportedly hit it off at the set of College GameDay several months ago.
"There's been a thousand articles today about it. You can't really worry about it,” Christian Ponder stated regarding the relationship. “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."
Christian Ponder initially accidently tipped-off about the relationship by sending – and then deleting a tweet to Samantha Steele as a joke, when the sportscaster was accompanying him. Christian Ponder again mentioned her days later, when the starting quarterback sent Samantha Steele a tweet, declaring he spotted her at a local Target.
The 24-year-old Christian Ponder’s teammates have been teasing him about dating Samantha Steele. The Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen had their share of fun by privately referring to Christian Ponder “Samantha Steele.” Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph even dropped by the reporters to humorously add that Christian Ponder, who’s having a solid season going at a 92.4 quarterback for 1,434 passing yards, won’t have ended-up in a relationship with Samantha Steele if the team weren’t winning.
However, none of his teammates’ jokes have dampened Christian Ponder’s spirits, who’s still feeling like the luckiest guy in the world.
"I'm proud of the relationship," said Christian Ponder. "I can brag. I've got bragging rights, I believe."
Moreover, Christian Ponder is optimistic about the longevity of the relationship despite the couple’s hectic schedule. The 12th overall pick of the 2011 drafts Christian Ponder added that both their demanding sports-related careers his with the NFL, and the 26-year-old Samantha Steele’s reporting(which requires a lot of travelling) still match-up due to similarities in the job sector.
"The cool thing is that obviously, we're both at the same time, so we don't get to see each other that much," established Christian Ponder. "But at least one person isn't feeling guilty about not making the effort to do it or whatever.”
“Then we kind of have the same schedule in the offseason,” added Christian Ponder, “so that'll be good."