The star athlete who everyone loves ends up dating the hottest cheerleader on the squad. Does this story sound eerily similar to every high school sports team ever? It is engrained in our mind from the time that we’re kids that athletes will always take home the best-looking girls. When an athlete reaches the top-tier of their sport, you can sometimes find these individuals dating models and celebrities, though there are those who prefer to reminisce about their days of old and date a cheerleader. The women who cheer for professional teams are the cream of the crop, all boasting a beauty and talent combination that can make any person jealous. So, it should not really come as a surprise that athletes wind up dating cheerleaders even when they reach the top of their sport.
For this list, we tracked down 15 insanely gorgeous cheerleaders who wound up dating professional athletes. These women cheered for a bevy of different sports, and even found themselves dating athletes in other sport’s leagues. We have a little bit of everything, ranging from football cheerleaders, hockey cheerleaders, and even a rugby cheerleader. Each of these women has a unique story about dating these athletes, and we have all the juicy details for your viewing pleasure. While this list may not inspire you to hit the gym anytime soon, it just might have you wishing that you went pro as opposed to quitting sports to hang out and play video games back in high school.
15 Abigail Klein
How fitting is it that we are kicking off our list with a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader? After all, they may in fact be the most famous cheerleaders in the NFL, and the Cowboys organization is a breeding ground for star players. Their dynasty in the early 1990s is as revered as any, and it was led by legendary quarterback Troy Aikman. Normally, you see cheerleaders dating athletes who are at the top of their games as opposed to dating one that has since retired. But, when you’ve reached the status that Aikman has in Dallas, anything goes. Abigail Klein is a gorgeous blonde who was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Even though the team had plenty of talent, Klein opted to pursue a bona fide legend. Because of their difference in age, news of their relationship spread like wildfire.
14 Amanda Vanderpool
It may be hard to believe, but hockey cheerleaders do in fact exist, and they do a good job with their limitations. They may not get the same amount of coverage or recognition as football cheerleaders, but we still appreciate what they do for the sport. If you find yourself wondering whether or not hockey cheerleaders are gorgeous, just take a look at this photo of Amanda Vanderpool, a former cheerleader for the Mighty Ducks. She is a total babe, and when Ladislav Smid was on a road trip with his team in Anaheim, he and Vanderpool met, eventually beginning a relationship. Ladislav Smid was drafted by the Mighty Ducks, but he was traded before he took the ice with the team. The duo’s relationship didn’t work out, and they have since moved on. Vanderpool has worked in modelling and for local television in Los Angeles. Ladislav Smid is no longer in the NHL, and he is playing hockey in the Czech Republic.
13 Ann Lux
These Dallas girls sure do love making their rounds with athletes in the area. Ann Lux was a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys who began dating Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks. The pair had known each other since they were children, and both would find plenty of success in their careers. After spending time dating, the duo would get engaged, and Lux would leave her position with the Dallas Cowboys to be with her fiancé who was living in Boston.
Unfortunately, despite having known each other for the bulk of their lives, the duo’s relationship would eventually flounder. Middlebrooks would then begin dating sideline reporter Jenny Dell, and they would eventually marry in 2016. Ann Lux has since moved on as well, and she is now a happily-married mother of two. Even though the pair didn’t end up together, we are glad to see that they both found some happiness.
12 Brooke Sorenson
We’re only several entries in, and we are already on our third Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. As you can see from this picture, former cheerleader Brooke Sorenson is an absolute stunner who wasted little time in striking up a relationship with former baseball player Laynce Nix. Nix got his start in the MLB when he first played for the Texas Rangers back in 2003. Outside of cheerleading for the Dallas Cowboys, Brooke was also a choreographer for the Miami Dolphins. She and Laynce Nix would eventually wed, and the two are still together to this day. If you were hoping to ogle at pictures of her on her Instagram, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but her account is private.
11 Chloe Butler
It’s not often that we see a professional cheerleader become a professional in another sport, but such is the case with Chloe Butler. She served as a cheerleader for the Canaberra Raiders, and she would eventually use her athletic talents to play football in the Lingerie Football League. Not only did she play professional football, but she has since moved on to play professional rugby back in Australia. She played for the National Team in 2017. This incredibly gorgeous athlete got her start as a cheerleader, and it is alleged that she struck up a relationship with player Travis Waddell during her time as a cheerleader for the Canaberra Raiders. She is currently in a relationship with rugby player Tim Grant who plays for the Wests Tigers.
10 Christy Oglevee
When will people learn that relationships stemming from affairs never work out in the end? Granted, this is mainly speculation, but usually where there is smoke, there is fire. It is rumoured that former Redskins player Chris Cooley left his first wife after meeting cheerleader Christy Oglevee. While everything seemed hunky dory at first, Christy would soon get a nasty wake up call. Unfortunately for Oglevee, she would be tossed from the team for violating the team’s fraternization rules.
Nevertheless, Oglevee and Cooley eventually got married, and all appeared to be going well for the pair. This, however, didn’t last, and they would separate several years after getting married. If Cooley did in fact leave his wife for Oglevee, let this serve as a reminder that this type of nonsense never works out in the end.
9 Kelly Hall
There is something special about a Southern Belle that makes them all the more attractive. Back before he was the number one pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford was a star quarterback at Georgia who struck up a relationship with a cheerleader named Kelly Hall. He has thrown for over 31,000 career yards as well as 196 career touchdowns, and Kelly has been with him every step of the way. Stafford and Kelly finally married in April of 2015, and they recently had twin girls earlier in 2017. The Lions recent success is largely attributed to Stafford taking the next step in his career, and he holds a number of Lions records as well as NFL records. Now that he is a father, we could very well see Stafford step his game up even more.
8 Kelsi Reich
For an un-drafted free agent, wide receiver David Nelson had a fairly long career in the NFL. Plenty of players who are actually drafted by teams don’t even make an NFL roster, but Nelson managed to play in the NFL from 2010 to 2015, playing for four different teams during his career. Nelson, while playing for the Buffalo Bills, was in a relationship with Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich. Though Nelson was never a dominant player in the NFL, his name was thrown around for a moment in the media when the Bills took on his girlfriend’s Dallas Cowboys. After scoring a touchdown in the game, Nelson ran over to his girlfriend and gave her the ball. Nelson and Reich gave the media a touching moment to cover, and the little bit of press that they had garnered didn’t go unnoticed. The pair’s current relationship status is up in the air, and we sure hope that they are still together.
7 Krystle Campbell
During his prime, Ryan Howard was an absolute force in the MLB. The power hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies turned in an impressive career that saw him rack up accolades and endorsements. In 2006, Howard was the National League MVP, the Silver Slugger Award recipient, and he was selected to his first All-Star team. He would receive 3 All-Star games selections in his career, and he was instrumental in the Phillies winning the World Series back in 2008. Needless to say, Howard was a hero in Philadelphia, and his bachelor status made him a highly sought-after beau. It would take an Eagles cheerleader to finally lock him down. Krystle Thompson was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles when she and Ryan Howard began their relationship. The duo is now happily married, and even though Howard isn’t with the Phillies anymore, he will always be a legend in the City of Brotherly Love.
6 Jordan Fish
For the first and only time on our list, we feature a cheerleader who struck up a relationship with a Nascar driver. Jordan Fish was a cheerleader for the Charlotte Bobcats when she met Nascar driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin is a talented driver who also has one of the hottest partners on the planet. The story of how they began dating is quite interesting. He was courtside for a Bobcats game, and even though they would have a private conversation on the phone, their relationship didn’t begin for some time. After going out to dinner together, the pair became inseparable, and they are still together to this very day. Recently, the couple welcomed the second child into the world.
5 Laurie Schaub
Romances between cheerleaders and athletes don’t always have a happy ending, but some things are just meant to be. Back when he played for the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Schaub was still looking for his big break in the NFL. While he was playing for the Falcons, Schaub also found himself looking to begin a relationship with one of the team’s cheerleaders. Schaub would meet his future wife at a charity golf event.
The pair would begin dating, and they would get married back in 2008. Now approaching their 2-year anniversary, Matt and Laurie have broken the mold in terms of athlete and cheerleader relationships. Matt is currently back with the Atlanta Falcons after playing for several other teams including the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, and the Baltimore Ravens.
4 Lindsay Slott
As they old adage goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and judging by what she is showing off in this photo, it looks like cheerleader Lindsay Slott is bigger and better than most. This gorgeous brunette worked as a cheerleader for the Houston Texans, giving this franchise something to cheer for during their overall disappointing start in the NFL. Normally, cheerleaders will date men that work in the same sport that they cheer for, but occasionally, we see a crossing of sports for these types of relationships. Even though he may be a star baseball player, Hunter Pence had no issues with dating the gorgeous Lindsay Slott. Before he became a household name playing for the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence was making a name for himself playing for the Houston Astros.
3 Royce Reed
Dwight Howard has been a polarizing player since entering the NBA back in 2004. Sure, in his prime he was a dominant defensive player who was the toast of the league, but Howard has since become a cautionary tale in being difficult to work with and engaging in public feuds. There is no denying the talent that Howard always had, but at this point in his career, he is seeing a decline in playing ability. His best days were with the Orlando Magic, and one cheerleader for that squad caught Howard’s eye during his prime. Howard would date and eventually have a child with Magic cheerleader Royce Reed, kicking off a nasty public feud between the two. Howard sued Reed for violating a court order, and the two went head-to-head in a much-publicized beef.
2 Sarah Jones
It is one thing to be known for being a gorgeous cheerleader who hooked up with an athlete, but the saga of Sarah Jones goes far beyond what you would think. Jones was alleged to have slept with and given venereal diseases to members of the Bengals organization, and she fought back with a lawsuit. As if the damage hadn’t already been done, Sarah Jones would then find herself in the midst of another scandal. Jones would be arrested for being in a relationship with an underage student, causing an uproar from the media. It was reported back in 2013 that Sarah Jones and the student that she was with ended up becoming engaged. It was a bizarre end to a disgusting situation. Hopefully she learned her lesson and will remain out of the spotlight for the foreseeable future.
1 Whitney Wonnacott
Remember when Jimmer Fredette was supposed to be the next big thing in basketball? The former BYU Cougar was a bona fide star in college, and he lead the NCAA in scoring back in 2011. He seemed destined for stardom in the NBA, but we all know how this story ended. Fredette never lived up to the lofty expectations of being a high pick in the NBA Draft, and he currently plays basketball overseas in China. But, before his professional career disappointed, he was the big man on campus, and cheerleaders were not immune to his charm. It was there at BYU that Jimmer began dating a young woman named Whitney Wonnacott. Wonnacott was a cheerleader at BYU, and the two would eventually marry in 2012. Fredette is still just 28 years old, and we have seen basketball players have a ton of success when transitioning to playing in China.