What makes a happy relationship? Is it the ability to communicate openly, or is it the length the people have been together? While there’s no set answer for that question, couples will try whatever it takes to stay together if they love one another. Ask Emmanuel Sanders and his wife, or even Patrick Mahomes and his high school sweetheart. For professional athletes, their spouses grow to get used to the distance and all the attention that comes with playing pro. Continue reading to see who the stars of Super Bowl 2020 are with, and the struggles they went through to stay together.
Tevin Coleman And Ahkeilah Murib
Ahkeilah Murib is Tevin Coleman’s longtime girlfriend-turned-fiancé. She’s been with the running back since his days with the Atlanta Falcons and the two are extremely fond of each other.
The couple has twins named Nazaneen and Nezerah, whom Ahkeilah posts photos of on social media every chance she gets. Ahkeilah is something of a model, as you’ll learn the moment you take a look at her Instagram account. The two live a lavish lifestyle, and if Coleman gets a Super Bowl victory on his resume, that way of living might become even fancier.
Damien Williams And Lilly Williams
Damien Williams is the starting running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Before playing for them, he spent three years with the Miami Dolphins. His wife is Lilly Williams, and the pair have a daughter together.
Their daughter’s name is Dillon Dash Williams and she’s one of the sweetest little kids ever. As for Lilly, she might not be a professional model, but her Instagram photos tell a different story. The couple is looking to stay strong together for years to come.
George Kittle And Claire Kittle
George Kittle had himself quite a memorable 2019. Not only did he play a huge part in helping the 49ers get into the playoffs, but he also tied the knot with Claire (formerly Till).
They decided to elope because a traditional wedding didn’t feel right to them. In a blog post, Claire wrote, “In all honesty, we just wanted to be married. Plain as that. We had been going to wedding after wedding recently and as fun and beautiful and amazing as they all were, a traditional wedding just didn’t feel right for us.” Their immediate family still ended up going to the ceremony, so that’s nice.
Emmanuel Sanders And Waheed Sanders
Emmanuel Sanders and his wife Waheed haven’t had the smoothest relationship history. The San Francisco wide receiver got caught cheating and spending massive amounts of money on his side chicks. Waheed even filed for divorce and one of her court documents read, “When he’s not playing football on the field, he ‘plays the field’ with numerous women whom he is or has committed adultery.”
She called off the split in 2018 and said that she deserves nothing but designer clothes for doing it.
Travis Kelce And Kayla Nicole
It was in 2016 when the Chiefs’ tight end had a dating show called Catching Kelce. For the most part, it was as absurd as it sounds, but cut Travis Kelce some slack — that’s in the past.
Now he’s happily with Kayla Nicole. Thank goodness we didn’t have to sit through multiple seasons of Catching Kelce. We’re happy that he’s found someone he can share his success and affection with, in private and not on the TV screen.
Raheem Mostert And Devon Mostert
With Raheem Mostert having a sensational year for the San Francisco 49ers, we can bet that his wife is his biggest fan. Raheem and Devon Mostert make a pretty good married couple, as they constantly show support to each other via social media.
Devon might have a private account, only accepting people she knows, but she’s prominently featured all over Raheem’s page. They have a child together named Gunnar, and he’s one of the most precious babies ever.
Sammy Watkins And Tala Watkins
Sammy Watkins has almost become a journeyman in the NFL, but he’s been pretty productive on every team that’s had him. He’s now one of the primary receivers for the Kansas City Chiefs.
As for his wife, Tala, he loves her dearly. He captioned this photo you see with, “Happy birthday to my beautiful wife. I love you, I know you [are] having an amazing time today. Continue being the superwoman that you are and lighting up the world with your beautiful heart. We love you.”
Tyreek Hill And Sasha
Tyreek Hill used to be with Crystal Espinal, but that relationship had a ton of issues. There were many reports on the internet saying how badly Hill would treat her in a physical manner.
That union is over with, and Hill currently dates an Instagram model who doesn’t have much information out there. Her name is Sasha, and the media catches her at his games quite often. We’re unsure how serious this is, but if they’re taking pictures together like this, it looks like it could go places.
Robbie Gould And Lauren Gould
Kicker Robbie Gould is one of the most clutch kickers in the NFL. He began his career with the Chicago Bears in 2005 and would stay there for ten seasons before leaping to the New York Giants. After only playing ten games with the Giants, he took his talents to California to play with the 49ers.
The special teams player has a wife named Lauren Gould. She gave birth to their first child in 2013, and now the couple has two little ones to look after.
Patrick Mahomes And Brittany Matthews
The quarterback playing in his first Super Bowl in February 2020 has a girlfriend named Ashley Matthews. The star player makes headlines all the time with his play on the field, but we’re sure Matthews isn’t unfamiliar with all the attention.
The two are high school sweethearts and even chose to stay together after attending rival colleges. Matthews is also a former professional athlete who used to play for an Icelandic soccer team not too long ago.
Kyle Juszczyk And Kristin Arceri
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk has one of the most supportive wives in the NFL. As he charges through defensive lines and blocks for his teammates in the game, you can bet on his wife Kristin to be there cheering him on to victory.
The two made their union official when they got married in July of 2019. Many of Juszczyk’s teammates were in attendance to witness the joyous moment. Kristin posted a sweet photo of the two and captioned it, “I get to marry the love of my life today – you’re my forever and always.”
Tyrann Mathieu And Sydni Paige
Tyrann Mathieu is the strong safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and a huge part of their defense. He’s been with his now fiance since at least 2011, so he decided to propose to her with an expensive rock in 2019.
The $250,000 engagement ring he gave her has a “6-carat emerald-cut center stone with 3.35 carats on the band” according to TMZ. He must really love the former New Orleans Hornets cheerleader, or he just has a lot of extra cash to throw around.
Richard Sherman And Ashley Sherman
As far as superior corners in the NFL go, Richard Sherman is for sure one of them. He’s helped the Seattle Seahawks on their multiple paths the Super Bowl, and now he’s playing in one with the 49ers.
As for his wife, Ashley Sherman (formerly Moss) gave birth to their first child in 2015. One year later, they welcomed their second kid, Avery. The two got engaged in 2015, but wouldn’t tie the knot until March 28, 2018.
Anthony Sherman And Jessica Sherman
Anthony Sherman married his wife Jessica in 2013 and he’s loved every minute of it. The fullback for the Chiefs is a hard-working leader who played for the Arizona Cardinals for two years at the start of his career.
As for his wife, he thinks he’s the luckiest guy in the world to have Jessica. The couple constantly shares loving pictures of their happy family of five, including a precious Halloween shot of them dressed in original Power Rangers costumes.
DeForest Buckner And Ashlyn Buckner
DeForest Buckner met his wife Ashlyn Buckner in the summer of 2015 at the University of Oregon. He played on the football team and his friend Shane, who was on the cheer squad, introduced the two.
He fell madly in love with her. After only knowing each other for two years, he knew she was the one and proposed to Ashlyn. At that moment, anxiety-filled his body. “I was like ‘Ashlyn. Ashlyn. Look at me.’ When I got on a knee it hit her. She was shocked. I pulled the ring out and she started crying.”
Nick Bosa And Madison Gesiotto?
The rookie phenom of the 2019-20 season, Nick Bosa, garnered a lot of attention thanks to his play on the field. He did a number of things as he helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl.
Something he’s really good at is taking chances. While it isn’t confirmed whom his love interest is, the last person he took out was former Miss Ohio, Madison Gesiotto. They attended the White House holiday party together after Bosa asked her via Twitter.
Jimmy Garoppolo And Kiara Mia?
Adjusting to life in the spotlight after not being in it can be rough. Just ask 49er’s quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who dated the adult movie star Kiara Mia. TMZ caught Garoppolo wining and dining her, but it more than likely didn’t result in anything serious.
“It’s like [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] said: It’s a good learning experience. I just have to take it in stride,” Garoppolo said, according to SF Gate. Garoppolo’s former teammate tried to find him a girlfriend by setting up a date, but that didn’t work out either. As for who he’s with now, its a mystery, but Mia was one of the latest.
Mitchell Schwartz And Brooke Lynn
The size and extravagance of a wedding don’t symbolize how much two people love each other. If it did, then Mitchell Schwartz and Brooke Lynn are head over heels for each other. The pair got in contact with each other after Lynn had a seat at one of his football games and sat next to Schwartz’s best friend. He asked if he could give her number to him and she said yes!
The two tied the knot at a luxurious historical site in Cleveland. “My grandparents are unable to travel, so we chose to get married in Cleveland [where they reside],” Lynn explained. “It was very important for us to have them there.”
Kyle Shanahan And Mandy Shanahan
Married in 2005, Kyle and Mandy Shanahan share a unique and positive bond. Have you ever noticed that Kyle always wears the same thing while coaching the 49ers? It’s not a coincidence. It’s because of his wife!
“I wore a red hat earlier in the year, and now she’s so superstitious that if I take that off, I may lose,” Shanahan said. “It will only be because of that, according to her. So I’m usually going with my red hat and my white shirt.”
Andy Reid And Tammy Reid
Andy Reid, the coach of the Chiefs, has five children with his wife, Tammy. The two lovebirds have been together for more than thirty years and are still going strong!
The pair met while attending Brigham Young University as undergraduates. Their marriage was in 1982, so she’s the only one with authority to call him Andrew. Tammy said, “We have family councils all the time to keep the communication open. My job as a mom is to read the coverage, I call it. I call Andrew and say, you need to be at this function.” It sounds like they have a sound union together!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 former 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz met his wife Madison Oberg sometime in 2017. Wentz is very private about his life off the field, but fans thinks the couple met while they were both in Haiti for a mission trip. At the end of the year in December, Madison stood by his side as he had surgery on his ACL.
Madison studied elementary education at Missouri Southern State University. The couple got engaged in 2018 just after the Super Bowl (although he didn’t play in the game, his team won) and were married later that same year and honeymooned in Greece.
The wife of New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, Brittany Brees runs their foundation full-time while also taking care of their four children. The couple first met at a party while in college at Purdue University but their introduction didn’t go too smooth. It wasn’t until six months later that he asked her out on a proper date, and she accepted.
Fast forward and in 2003, Drew and Brittany tied the knot in Coronado, California. They now have four children: Rylen, Baylen, Bowen and Callen Brees.
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.
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.