We all know the age-old adage, “behind every great man is a great woman.” So, what happens when a great woman meets an NFL player? Magic. There’s no denying that these men excel on the field and their supportive significant others are a part of that success. These women are actors, musicians, swimsuit models and even stay-at-home moms making the NFL a better place.
In the past ten years, NFL and celebrity couples have popped up everywhere. Just a few days ago, every social media account for the NFL was plastered with images of Russell Wilson and Ciara at the NBA Finals. That made me think, how many other NFL celebrity couples are out there? The answer is forever changing.
I am all about a good love story. Passion and support from other halves make a difference on and off the field; these couples certainly exhibit both. Based on this criteria, I’ve rounded up my favorite power couples in the NFL for you.
Russell Wilson and Ciara
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback made quite the splash in the media with his proposal to R&B singer Ciara back in March. Since then, they have been seen at the Billboard Music Awards, NBA Finals and island hopping. Fans are worried she may be a distraction, but I disagree; I think we’re about to see a whole new level of Russell Wilson’s talent.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
“It” couple of the NFL, these two lovebirds have been going strong for seven years. Married in 2009, the duo are parents to two gorgeous children, Benjamin and Vivian. Bündchen is often seen supporting her other half in Foxborough during New England Patriots games. She’s been known to have quite the temper when defending her husband on and off the field.
Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavallari
After a long-distance pursuit, the happy couple met and began a whirlwind romance. Culter says it was “love at first sight.” They are now proud parents to two and expecting another later this year. The two married in 2013 after calling off their engagement in 2011. They now appear stronger than ever, which is important when you play for the Bears.
Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn
Although they have squashed rumors of their engagement, these two are completely in love. They began dating in 2014. The fun pair lives in Green Bay and despite the cold, Munn loves it. Now a Green Bay fan, Munn has admitted she had no idea who Rodgers was when they first met.
Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson
Former tight-end for the 49ers, Eric Johnson, remains on my list because of his super quirky pop star wife, Jessica Simpson. This pair met in 2010, had two kids and wed in 2014. Their love is almost obnoxiously sweet on social media.
Eric Decker and Jessie James
Set up by chance, fate was on this couple’s side. Married in 2013, the two quickly signed on to reality TV. Eric & Jessie: Game On showcased the trials and tribulations of balancing newlywed life and professional careers. They have two children and are staying far away from reality TV, for now.
Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes
How lucky is this former All-Pro defensive end, NY Giant? Very. He’s married to MISS UNIVERSE 2011. Leila Lopes met her husband at New York Fashion Week in 2012. They wed in 2015 in Angola among friends, family and royalty.
Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington
Best known as an Oakland Riader, Nnamdi Asomugha has left the NFL, but his superstar wife Oliva Pope —I mean, Kerry Washington— is what keeps him on this list. The two kept their relationship under wraps until they wed in 2013. The two are notorious for keeping their lives private. They have one child and another on the way.
Where would I be without you?
With women like these in their corner, how could these players not rule the field? It’s not surprising that most of the players on this list have been in a Super Bowl —several of them more than once. With support of their wives and children, these players come to work to dominate the sport.
Watch for the players’ supportive wives in the stands as you enjoy this year’s game in Houston, TX. If you’re a woman, you may just meet your football-playing Prince Charming out celebrating after his win.