It's an oh-so-familiar recipe: the superstar athlete gets the mega-money contract, the lucrative endorsement deals and, ultimately, the gorgeous better half. This ideal manifested itself in the stereotypically idyllic lifestyle of NFL superstar quarterback (and reigning Super Bowl champion) Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bunchden, so much so that it wasn't hard for those outside New England to muster some schaudenfreude-inspired joy when Brady was called to task for his role in DeflateGate.
It's no surprise, then, when pictures emerge and Google Image searches abound of an athlete and his or her newly minted piece of arm candy. What is surprising is when that new sporting significant other doesn't quite live up to the commonly recognized ideal of beauty.
I suppose there's a level of kudos due to these 15 athletes for looking past the beauty ideals put forth through pop culture and finding love with someone who doesn't quite look Photoshopped. Still, there's an inescapably jarring feeling to seeing these wealthy, high-profile athletes with partners that seem so plain and average. Are these women (and a couple men) being measured by unfair beauty standards? Most certainly. Are we going to rank the athletes that probably could do better anyway? Yes, yes we are.
15 Roger Federer (Mirka Federer)
14 Michael Jordan (Juanita Vanoy)
13 Agnieszka Radwanska (Dawid Celt)
12 Brad Stevens (Tracy Stevens)
11 Wayne Gretzky (Janet Gretzky)
10 Miguel Tejada (Alejandra Tejada)
9 Philip Rivers (Tiffany Rivers)
8 John Daly (Sherrie Daly)
7 Doug Christie (Jackie Christie)
6 Lamar Odom (Khloe Kardashian)
5 Vince Wilfork (Bianca Wilfork)
4 Chad Johnson (Evelyn Lozada)
3 Candace Parker (Shelden Williams)
2 Dirk Nowitzki (Cristal Taylor)
1 Brenda Warner (Kurt Warner)
She is out of the limelight now, but you won't find a better combination of domineering, controlling behavior and a lack of any real attractiveness than Brenda Warner, wife of former St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner. If you can get past Brenda's butchy, cropped haircut and grandmotherly looks, you find a woman who made a habit of calling into radio programs to berate any media member who dared question her do-no-wrong husband and occasionally rip his coaches. She is best known for her presence in the stands during the Rams' late-90s Super Bown runs, when she could be seen clapping feverishly and confusing many for Kurt's mom.
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