We all know being a Superstar in any professional sport - basketball, football, hockey, baseball, soccer - comes with plenty of benefits, most notably riches and beautiful women. Just look at the dating history of some of the greatest professional athletes of all-time and it's clear none of those players are dating women with wonderful personalities - at least, that isn't the main attraction. We're not saying those men are shallow and only date or marry women with good looks, nor are we suggesting many women are simply chasing money; rather, due to having to be in shape for their job, most Superstars (with the exception of baseball players) are fairly good-looking dudes who happen to be attracted to beautiful women, and vice versa. The money is just an added bonus.
But that's not only true for Superstars. Hell, even minor league players made hundreds of thousands of dollars in today's economy, while bench and role players in the four North American professional leagues make millions per season. Outside of the odd player who stuck with his high school sweetheart, it seems every male athlete has a partner worth being envious of these days. That's certainly the case with the 15 athletes below.
15 Kevin Pillar
Although he's regarded as "Superman" by fans of the Toronto Blue Jays for his ability to leap and catch seemingly out-of-reach fly balls, center fielder Kevin Pillar isn't exactly a household name in the MLB, although he is having a career-year this season. The fan-favorite was recently suspended two games by the Blue Jays for using a homophobic slur after he was quick-pitched by Atlanta's Jason Motte.
14 Milos Raonic
Again, Milos Raonic might be a big name on the ATP Tour, but he's a relative no-name in the sporting world. Ask someone at a bar if they've heard of Milos and, at best, you might get a Seinfeld reference or two. On tour, Raonic has been a consistently-good-but-not-great player, still yet to capture a major championship, but at home he has a major beauty by the name of Danielle Knudson.
13 A.J. McCarron
Chances are you know Katherine McCarron better than you know her football-playing husband A.J. That could be owed to the fact she's a former Miss Alabama, but it's likely due to ESPN's Brent Musburger fawning over her during the 2013 broadcast of the Discover BCS Championship: "But she is also Miss Alabama and that's A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, OK? And right there on the right is Dee Dee Bonner, that's A.J.'s mom. Wow, you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow! Whoa!"
12 Larry English
It's not often the defensive ends get the girl, but don't tell that to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Larry English, who is currently married to Nicole Williams, an absolute beauty with whom he appears on the reality show WAGS. English isn't necessarily an ugly dude, but he was not exactly a Superstar either, which makes the relationship a bit perplexing. English last played in 2014 and, through six seasons in the league, started just ten of 64 games.
11 Marko Jaric
Marko Jaric must have a lot more going for him other than a mediocre seven-year career in the NBA. The former shooting guard played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging just 7.1 points per game throughout his career. He retired in 2009 and married Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, but the couple divorced in 2014. One might assume that was the peak for Jaric, but there was obviously something about him that attracted Lima in the first place.
10 James Neal
Scottie Upshall is a former sixth overall pick in the NHL Draft and native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, the oil capital of Canada. It's not exactly known as a place that breeds clean-cut, hockey-playing dudes, but that's what Upshall has been throughout his career. Despite being a high-draft pick, the 33-year-old has a career-high of 37 points, but has been a consistent performer for over a decade.
9 Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy makes $11 million a season, but that equates to about minimum wage for a baseball player. Okay, maybe not quite, but you get the point; he's an average pitcher who has a career record of 61-69 to go along with a 4.15 earned run average. The 33-year-old Los Angeles Dodger can give a team good innings, but don't expect him to lead a rotation.
8 Chris Getz
During his playing career, Chris Getz epitomized the diminutive, scrappy white dude stereotype; through seven big league seasons, the second baseman hit for a .250 batting average and recorded just three home runs and 111 runs batted in. He announced his retirement in 2014 and, unlike most little-known players, he actually had a lot to look forward to - that is, spending time with his beautiful wife Nicole Getz (nee. Korinek).
7 David DeJesus
We couldn't include Chris Getz and not include David DeJesus. And if you're asking yourself "Who?" to both players, consider their significant others, Nicole Getz and Kimberly DeJesus. The pair just might be more popular than the baseball players due to their participation in The Amazing Race. The girls met while both DeJesus and Getz were playing in Chicago and formed a lasting friendship.
6 Devin Harris
Devin Harris was a promising point guard when he entered the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks in 2004, and, although he has had a fairly productive career in the league, there's a sense that he never quite lived up to the expectations that come with being a fifth overall pick. In fact, perhaps coincidentally, his play seemed to tail off after he was dealt to the New Jersey Nets in 2008 and began dating his current wife, Meghan Allen.
5 Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola is relatively well known only for the fact he's a white wide receiver with the New England Patriots. Those of you who know who he is likely have no idea he previously played for the St. Louis Rams, and, let's be honest, if he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars, nobody would have a clue who he is - though you can probably make that argument about any player in the NFL.
4 Garrett Celek
Don't make a tight end joke. Don't make a tight end joke. Don't make a ... Garrett Celek is a mediocre tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, but wait until you see his girlfriend's. Damnit. Stupid humor aside, Celek accomplished every teenage boy's dreams in 2013 when he engaged and later married Hooters bikini model Sarah Hinton.
3 Kyle Van Noy
Last year had to be an amazing year for outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The native of Nevada was traded midway through the NFL season by the Detroit Lions to the New England Patriots. If that wasn't enough to make it an outstanding year, he went on to win the Super Bowl in dramatic come-from-behind fashion with the Patriots and got to celebrate with his beautiful wife, Marissa Powell.
2 Jimmy Clausen
A former second round pick with decent potential, Jimmy Clausen was expected to be the Carolina Panthers quarterback of the future, but he proved himself so terrible as a rookie that the team stepped up to draft Cam Newton the following year. It was tough luck for Clausen, who threw only 472 pass attempts over the next four seasons and finished his career with a 1-13 record.
1 Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert is somewhat of an afterthought in the NBA; in fact, he's an afterthought on his own team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he's overshadowed by star players LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, not to mention other bench players. We're not sure Shump' really cares about that, however, as he won an NBA Championship in that role last season and is currently married to recording artist Teyana Taylor, who is signed to Kanye West's GOOD label.
In addition to singing, Taylor is a renowned choreographer, which you might have guessed if you watched Kanye's video for Fade, in which Taylor, who had just had a baby months prior, shows off her assets and twerking ability. Taylor has appeared in films such as Madea's Big Happy Family and Cruel Summer, but her appearance in the Fade video put her on the map.
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