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.
Pillar said all the right things following the incident, but it was clear the mistake weighed on him. One assumes his wife, Amanda Pillar, comforted him while he was suspended, which isn't a bad two-day consolation. Even better for Pillar, he met her before he had money, while attending California State University. He noticed her while talking to his best friend and got him to invite her at a Christmas party the next night. He introduced himself at the party and the rest is history.
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.
Knudson is by far one of the best tennis WAGs and easily the most well-known. The 27-year-old is an international fashion model who has over 300,000 followers on Instagram and she previously had a fling with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. In January, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid tweeted "Danielle is the real MVP" after the model attended a 76ers game. Sorry Joel, it seems she only dates Canadians.
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!"
A lot of people found his comments - and tone of voice - a tad creepy, but one of the people who didn't is Katherine McCarron, who frequently tweets about the now-famous incident. Upon Musburger's final broadcast on Jan. 31, the beautiful brunette tweeted, "Cheers Brent, you were good to me." Katherine's husband A.J., if you weren't aware, is now a backup for the Cincinnati Bengals.
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.
He met Williams in 2012 while playing for the San Diego Chargers, and if you listen to her describe the relationship you might understand why such a beautiful woman is with a below-average former defensive end: "Through thick and thin he has proved to me that no matter what we go through, no matter how crazy and how much of a lunatic I can be, he loves me and he wants to marry me, and that’s all I could ever dream."
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.
And whatever that was - we're not going to say it, you can probably figure it out yourself - it helped him land 23-year-old Serbian model Dusica Savic, who we're certain helped him get over his breakup with Lima. Although, she does look a tad similar to Lima.
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.
Yes, this post is about James Neal, but the above description of Upshall gives you an idea of the type of guy CBS Sports sideline reporter Melanie Collins is into. Collins met Upshall while he was with the Nashville Predators and the pair dated for a few years, but she has since moved on to James Neal, who was traded to the Predators in 2014. Sure, Neal is a better goal scorer than Upshall, but he's far from a household name in the league.
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.
Off the mound, however, he's leading the field with his wife Amanda McCarthy, who he married in December of 2010. The couple met at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, but went their separate ways for college before reconnecting in 2007. Like her husband, the model is super active on baseball Twitter and, not surprisingly, has over 35,000 followers.
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).
A graduate of Michigan State University, the brunette bombshell also has a masters degree from the University of Michigan and is a certified public accountant, meaning she's likely the bread-winner of the marriage right now, which is totally fine in 2017. Regardless, Getz might not have been much of a catch for MLB teams during his career, but he certainly found himself one.
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.
An average player at best throughout his career, DeJesus' wife is anything but average. Armed with captivating blue eyes and a seductive glare, Kim is an actor who has appeared in such blockbusters as Dhoom 3, Pro Reo, and Wingmen Incorporated - that was sarcasm, naturally. That said, her beauty alone is worth the price of admission. Or you could just become one of the 23,000-plus people that follow her on Instagram.
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.
If the two are linked, you can't blame Harris. Allen is a former reality star and model who posed nude for Playboy in 2005 and did so again in 2007 for Playboy Cyber Club's pictorial. The 36-year-old blonde bared it all for the world to see and it was apparently enough to spark an interest for Harris. The couple married in 2013.
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.
Regardless, as he does on the field, off the field Amendola has been riding the coattails of Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. The 31-year-old is currently dating former Miss USA Olivia Culpo, which says about all you need to know in regard to her looks. And, to further cement Amendola's lesser-athlete status, the British tabloid Daily Mail referred to him as a "mystery male companion" in its photos of Culpo.
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.
Hinton, a big-chested blonde babe, has been dating Celek since at least 2010, when a tweet from Garrett's father, Steve, emerged stating that Sarah needed help winning a Miss Hooters competition. If that isn't a relatable father-son conversation then I don't know what is. Now going by Sarah Celek, she unfortunately appears to be out of the Hooters calendar business and currently teaching a fitness program for women.
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.
A relatively inauspicious linebacker, Van Noy married Powell in 2014 after the couple dated for a number of years. Like many of the women on this list, Powell is a former swimsuit model who was once Miss Utah USA. Van Noy reportedly proposed to Powell after she gave up her Miss Utah crown in 2013. She famously fumbled a question about the gender wage gap at the Miss USA competition, but finished as third-runner up, because who the hell cares about the questions.
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.
Naturally, Clausen is looking beyond his playing days; the Notre Dame alumnus "retired" (see, wasn't given a job) following the 2015 season and married long-time girlfriend Jessica Gysin, a 31-year-old former college volleyball player. A graduate of St. Francis High School, the blonde beauty went on to play as an outside hitter for the University of Southern California. We never thought we'd say it, but Jimmy Clausen has a lot going for him.
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.