The perks of being an NFL superstar are plentiful: endorsement deals are copious, red carpet events are the norm, upper-echelon automobiles are available to you at the drop of a hat, premier housing is easily obtainable, and so on and so forth. The NFL has a multitude of superstars ranging from both the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the pigskin.
Although seemingly rare, there are examples of superstars who have continued to date their girlfriend after they became famous. One such example is Robert Griffin III, who married his college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat in 2013 (okay, maybe that wasn’t a great example, considering RG3 divorced Liddicoat in favor of a younger, current college student from Florida State by the name of Grete Sadeiko). That was also a bad example, considering the former face of the Washington Redskins is the furthest thing from a superstar today.
Let’s take a look at 15 NFL superstars and who they are dating.
15. Julius Peppers (Claudia Sampedro)
At the tail end of his NFL career at the age of thirty-six, Julius Peppers is still playing at a high level for the Green Bay Packers. When you play at a high level on the field, you reap the rewards off of the field as well. Aaron Rodgers girlfriend Olivia Munn may be the most renown girlfriend of a Packers star, but she isn’t the only one. Peppers has been dating model, actress and musician Claudia Sampedro since 2014. The former North Carolina Tar Heel and Wilson, North Carolina native and Sampedro welcomed a baby boy into the world in 2015. While Peppers gives opposing offenses nightmares, Sampedro can be primarily seen basking in the sun in the Sunshine State on the E! show WAGS Miami.
14. LeSean McCoy (Delicia Cordon)
LeSean “Shady” McCoy’s nickname comes from his mother as she proclaimed that McCoy would be full of joy and happiness one second and the next second he’d be inexplicably crying tears when he was a child. Well, Shady shouldn’t have that problem as long as the beautiful Delicia Cordon is by his side. McCoy may be the more high profile individual in the relationship, but Cordon is far from a bungler in her own right. Cordon is a fashion designer that has a large following as her Instagram boasts over 500,000 followers. Recently, Cordon posted a picture that stated McCoy was crystal clear in making it known that he would be wearing white to their wedding. Wedding bells seem to be in the near future for McCoy and Cordon.
13. Rob Gronkowski (Hailey Clauson)
When it comes the “Gronk” everything has to be taken with a grain of salt. Heck, this man has been linked to the likes of models, adult entertainment stars, cheerleaders and a plethora of females that males yearn for. It’s safe to say that Gronk’s dating resume is rivaled by a very select few. Gronkowski is currently rumored to be dating a model (surprise, surprise) by the name of Hailey Clauson. The two appeared together on the 2016 cover of GQ magazine and Hailey strengthened her profile even further when she landed the cover of the SI Swimsuit issue for 2016. Hailey posts quite frequently to Instagram, but her feed doesn’t show any recent pictures of herself and number eighty-seven. Whether the two are currently dating remains to be seen.
12. DeAndre Hopkins (Colleen Crowley)
The name Colleen Crowley may ring a bell for some as DeAndre Hopkins isn’t the first NFL player she’s dated. Unfortunately for Colleen she once dated the self-proclaimed “Money” Manziel. Even more unfortunate for Colleen is the abuse she endured at the hands of “Johnny Football”. Colleen wouldn’t have found herself on this list if she was still with the former Heisman Trophy winner as he never came close to reaching superstardom in the NFL. Colleen and Hopkins were rumored to have been dating in July of 2016, but there’s no indication that the two are still an item. Neither Hopkins nor Colleen’s Instagram feeds have recent pictures of the two together and the last picture of the two together is in July of 2016 during a trip in Malibu.
11. Aaron Rodgers (Olivia Munn)
Similar to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers’ significant other receives the same treatment as Giselle Bundchen receives. When the Pats are winning, all is good and well in reference to the Brazilian supermodel; on the contrary, when the Pats come up short, Bundchen is public enemy number one. Rodgers is currently dating actress Olivia Munn and has been in an on again off again relationship with her since 2014. Munn, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is four years Rodgers senior at the age of 36 while Chico, California’s Rodgers is 32. Rodgers relationship with Munn is also one that may or may not have divided him from his family as according to brother Jordan, the two don’t have much of a relationship. Moreover, Jordan claims that Aaron has distanced himself from the family.
10. Landon Collins (Victoria Lowery)
The New York Giants had the first pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and they ended up landing former Alabama Crimson Tide Safety Landon Collins. Collins has proven to be a promising stud for the Giants and was selected to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl. Collins success off the field matches his success on the field as he is currently dating a former fellow Alabama student, Victoria Lowery. Collins and Lowery’s relationship began as a result of the two Louisiana natives ironically departing the Big Easy in favor of Alabama. As Lowery puts it, “he (Landon) asked me to be his girlfriend and everything, and I said yes, but I didn’t know where he was going. He told me it was down to LSU and Alabama, and I told him I didn’t want to develop more feelings for him if we were going to be at two different schools. He was like, I wouldn’t be dating you if I was going to LSU. And that put a big smile across my face.” Alabama: winning trophies on and off the field.
9. Von Miller (K. Michelle)
Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller has been dating R&B singer K. Michelle for close to a year now. According to a source close to the couple, “they’re both from the South and like to have a lot of fun, he’s very chill and is all about having a good time and he puts her at ease”. K. Michelle is no secret to dating as she has been linked to the likes of J.R. Smith, Idris Elba and DJ Locksmith Rudimental. The two are five years apart in age as Michelle is five years Miller’s senior as she is 32 and he is 27. It isn’t clear exactly as to when the pair started officially dating, but they went public in April of 2016. Michelle is quite popular on Instagram as she has over 4.3 million followers.
8. Jameis Winston (Breion Allen)
The 2013 college football Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has shown the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and its fanbase that he has what it takes to succeed in the NFL. He threw for over 4,000 yards in his rookie season and is closing in on the 4K mark in his sophomore campaign as well. Perhaps his on the field success has a little something to do with his girlfriend Breion Allen. Breion like Winston is an athlete as she played college hoops at Rice University in Texas. Unfortunately, Breion didn’t end up being as successful as Winston as she never made it to the pros. The two not only share an athletic connection but the two are both Alabama natives and grew up about thirty minutes away from each other. Winston has been dating Breion since at least 2013 as she was present when Winston accepted his Heisman Trophy award.
7. Julian Edelman (Adriana Lima)
Did you think that Tom Brady was the only New England Patriot that was dating a supermodel? Did you think that Julian Edelman couldn’t replace one supermodel with another one? Prior to dating the ex-wife of former NBA player Marko Jaric, Adriana Lima, Edelman was dating Swedish supermodel Ella Rose for close to two years. In July of 2016, Edelman started seeing one of the most recognized Victoria’s Secret Angels, Lima. The Brazilian beauty Lima is thirty-five years of age while Brady’s current favorite Wide Receiver is thirty. Lima has been divorced from Jaric since 2014 and garnered plenty of attention when she stated that she was a virgin prior to marriage with her reason being you have to stand up for what you believe in. Hold on to her nice and tight, Julian!
6. Richard Sherman (Ashley Moss)
The man who once said, “I’m the best Cornerback in the league” after preventing San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree from hauling in a game tying reception in the NFC Championship game in 2013 has been with Ashley Moss since at least 2013. The couple were engaged in June of 2015 which was just four months after Moss gave birth to the couple’s first child, a baby boy they named Rayden. The couple’s son Rayden came just four days after the Seattle Seahawks fell short to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49. The two welcomed a daughter into the world in April of 2016 by the name of Avery. With the couple engaged for over a year and a half, wedding bells are likely near in the future.
5. Le’Veon Bell (Mercedes Dollson)
The “Killer Bees” will always be synonymous with the Houston Astros as in the early part of the 2000s they featured quite the lineup with Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers bolster their own killer bees comprised of Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. The team’s stud RB, Bell, is currently dating Mercedes Dollson. Bell, who famously recounted that he was unaware of the fact that you could get a DUI for being high was actually in the car with Dollson (along with teammate LeGarette Blount) during his arrest. Bell and Dollson have been together since at least 2015. Dollson dabbles in a makeup line which features the prefix of her last name, “doll”, along with the word “face” to form Dollface.
4. Cam Newton (Kia Proctor)
The reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton hasn’t had the domineering season he had in 2015 but he has still been a force to be reckoned with. Newton’s girlfriend is Kia (short for Shakia) Proctor and she is also the mother of his soon to be one year old son, Chosen. Kia is a former stripper who Newton met at the famed Washington D.C. strip club, Stadium. Newton and Kia are rumored to have been together since at least 2013 when they were first spotted together at the Kentucky Derby. Kia is unsurprisingly no longer a stripper (does this surprise anyone) and now dabbles in modeling as well as in raising the couple’s son. Perhaps wedding bells are in the couple’s near future as they’ve been together for at least three years now.
3. Antonio Brown (Chelsie Kyriss)
Antonio Brown or simply AB is the name most think of when asked who is the best WR in the NFL today. Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target has a son with Chelsie named Ali who was born in 2015. The Ohio native, Chelsie has at least one big Steeler fan in none other than the forenamed Roethlisberger. As Brown puts it, “off the field, he’s (Roethlisberger) always pushing the marriage card on me, wondering when my date is coming. We have a great relationship. He makes jokes about my kids. My girlfriend and his wife are pretty cool. On marriage, I tell him, ‘Not too fast, I’ve got to grow into it’.” While AB catches TD passes on the gridiron and twerks in the end zone all too often, Chelsie works as a customer service rep.
2. Aaron Donald (Jaelynn Blakey)
The Los Angeles Rams first year back in the “City of Angels” has been beyond disappointing. Todd Gurley has hit the dreaded sophomore slump; the early indication regarding Jared Goff is that he is a massive bust; Jeff Fisher some how, some way received a contract extension (before being fired) despite having a 31-44-1 record over 4/12 seasons. Quite frankly, the Rams are a mess. But, they do have one of the NFL’s most fearsome and promising defensive players in Aaron Donald. Aaron Donald has been with Jaelynn Blakey since the two were students at Penns Hill High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The former Pittsburgh Panther Donald, and Blakey have a daughter, Jadea, born in 2013, and a son, Aaron II born in 2016.
1. J.J. Watt (Kealia Ohai)
Justin James Watt can not only lay acclaim to being the NFL’s best DE, but also one of the league’s best defensive players period. The twenty-seven year old former Wisconsin Badger and current Houston Texan is in a relationship with Kealia Ohai. Miss Ohai is an athlete in her own right as she plays for the USWNT and the NWSL’s Houston Dash. Watt isn’t the only impressive athlete in this relationship as Ohai vied for MVP honors in 2016. In October of 2016, Ohai confirmed the rumors about her relationship with Watt as she stated, “the rumors are true, we are dating,” she told hosts Baxter Colburn and Simon Provan of the “2 Up Front” podcast. Ohai added, “I’ve known J.J. for a really long time and we’ve always been great friends.”