ESPN’s Samantha Steele thought Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder was ‘weird’

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; ESPN reporter Samantha Steele on the set of ESPN College Gameday before the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN’s ‘College Football GameDay’ Samantha Steele make a cute couple, but, if it wasn’t for Ponder’s awkward Twitter stalking – the two might not even be together.

Steele, who is now married to Ponder sat down with recently to talk about her career and life with Ponder, saying that the two celebrating their wedding by eating at Arby’s and that she originally thought Ponder’s advances were weird.


BS: How did you and Christian meet?

SP: He started sending me messages on Twitter. I’m like, “Why is this old Florida State quarterback messaging me? This is weird.” He was always asking me random questions about living in Austin. Nothing creepy, but that was our original connection. Our version of Christian Mingle was on Twitter.

BS: Was your wedding day everything you hoped it would be?

SP: (Laughs.) I never was really a girl who planned out what my wedding would be, what my dress would look like. Everybody’s different. When we got married, he picked me up at the airport and I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a hat. We drove the 20 minutes to Hudson or whatever it was, walked in, got married. Then we went and ate Arby’s as our wedding meal. We get way more attention than we ever deserve or need or want, because of our jobs. I don’t need a day that’s all about me. I was happy to go get married. That night after we had our Arby’s, we forgot the offensive line had an Ugly Sweater Party at a local restaurant. One of the guys texted Christian and asked, “Dude, where are you at?” We went to the mall and found ugly sweaters and went to the Ugly Sweater Party. We wanted to leave early, but everybody was like, “No, don’t leave.” I’m thinking, “Gosh, we just got married.”

Yeah, I’m going to suggest Ponder married up here.

Topics: Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings, Samantha Steele

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