Pizza and beer, Batman and Robin, athletes and Playmates, some things in life just go together and it’s no secret one of those things is professional athletes and an abundance of beautiful women. While many are drawn to A-listers and others to the all-American girl next door, more than a few athletes have been known to cozy up to a Playboy Playmate (or two).
Hugh Hefner launched his empire with the first issue of Playboy in 1953 and ever since, be it a Playmate, a centerfold or a Bunny, men around the world have dreamed of dating a Playboy model. Whether we’re talking high school basketball or the big leagues, athletes have a reputation of being able to get any girl imaginable so it’s not all too surprising that over the years, a number of pro athletes have dated women who have appeared in the pages of Hugh Hefner’s famous men’s magazine. Some even married them. You remember high school don’t you? The jocks had all the fun.
So put down that magazine (starting next year, Playboy is saying “no” to nudes after 62 years and we know you don’t buy it for the articles) and pay attention, these are the Top 20 Athletes Who Dated Playboy Playmates.
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20 Cole Hamels - Heidi Strobel
Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels is known throughout baseball for possessing one of the better changeups in the game. Hamels is also known for his wife, Heidi Strobel, whom he married on December 31, 2006. A former "Survivor", Strobel posed for Playboy with former castmate Jenna Morasca in August 2003. Not necessarily "Playmate" status, but we'll take it. The couple has three young children.
19 Jimmy Connors - Patti McGuire
James Scott "Jimmy" Connors is often considered among the greatest in the history of tennis. He married Playboy model Patti McGuire in 1979. She was the magazine's Playmate of the Month for the November 1976 issue, and the 1977 Playmate of the Year. Connors, now retired, went on to coach Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova. Being a female, I'm not going to lie, tennis isn't really much of a panty dropper. But then again I'm also not a Playmate.
18 John Elway - Carrie Stevens
Former Denver Broncos QB John Elway won two Super Bowl titles during his successful 16-year playing career. Career highs aside, Elway dated model/actress Carrie Stevens some time between divorcing his first wife in 2003 and marrying his second wife in 2008. Stevens was Playboy's Playmate of the month for June 1997 and dated KISS drummer Eric Carr up until his death in 1991. Stevens continues to act and can be spotted in a handful of TV shows and movies, while Elway is now the Executive Vice-President of Football Operations/General Manager for the Denver Broncos.
17 Brett Tomko - Julia Schultz
Brett Tomko is a former MLB pitcher for ... well, the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. While nearly a dozen teams couldn't decide if they wanted him, Playboy's Playmate of the Month (February 1998) Julia Schultz sure did. The two wed in November 2003.
16 Sheldon Souray - Angelica Bridges
Sheldon Souray is a former NHL defenseman. He is best known for his heavy slapshot, once setting a previous unofficial NHL record for the hardest recorded shot at the Oilers' 2009 Skills Competition, and for marrying Angelica Bridges. You may recognize Bridges as the fiery redhead on Baywatch, and for gracing the cover of the November 2001 edition of Playboy. Nowadays, Souray is engaged to former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly.
15 Reid Brignac - Lauren Anderson
MLB third baseman Reid Brignac is married to Playboy Playmate Lauren Anderson. Six years his senior, Anderson first hit the pages of Playboy after winning the Fox reality TV show, “Who Wants to be a Playboy Centerfold?” in May, 2002. She was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in July 2002 and appeared on the cover for Playboy Spain in 2008. Brignac is currently with the Miami Marlins. The two married in 2014.
14 Devin Harris - Meghan Allen
Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris owns the Guinness World Record for "fastest man with a basketball," running the length of the court in 3.9 seconds. Harris married former Playboy cyber girl Meghan Allen in 2013. The couple met when Allen was working as a bartender and spilled about her relationship with Harris on Howard Stern's radio show. Allen was also on the reality show Momma's Boys on NBC.
13 Pete Rose - Kiana Kim
Pete Rose, also known by his nickname "Charlie Hustle", is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. He's also quite infamous, as he's currently blacklisted from baseball due to gambling on his Reds as a manager. Reality TV lovers will recognize Rose from his TLC show which chronicles his life with fiancée Kiana Kim. Though the show has since been cancelled the couple remains together. Less than half Rose's age, Kim has had a very successful modelling career with Playboy.
12 Adam Archuleta - Jennifer Walcott
Archuleta is a former safety who played in the NFL for seven seasons. He is married to Jennifer Walcott, an American glamour model and actress best known as Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for August 2001. The two married in 2010 and appeared with their son on an episode of Football Wives on E! True Hollywood Story in 2009.
11 Jason Kidd - Hope Dworaczyk
Former NBA point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks coach, Jason Kidd has had one hell of a career in basketball. As for his accomplishments off the court, Kidd has had his fair share of trouble with the law, has been married twice and has more than a couple of kids as a result of said marriages and extramarital affairs.
Kidd makes this list for dating the 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk. Photos of Dworaczyk in a painted on Kidd jersey made their rounds in 2009 as did rumors that Dworaczyk was pregnant with Kidd's child. I'm going to take a wild guess she's happy those were only ever rumors.
10 Scott Podsednik - Lisa Dergan
Scott Podsednik is a former MLB outfielder best known for baserunning and for winning the World Series with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. However what his wedding ring symbolizes is far more desirable for many. Podsednik married Playboy's Playmate of the Month for July 1998 Lisa Dergan in 2008. Dergan has established a career beyond Playboy, in particular in the world of sportscasting, while Podsednik retired after the 2012 season. The couple has twins.
9 Alex Rodriguez - Torrie Wilson
Known for being quite the "Playboy" himself, Rodriquez has dated everyone from Madonna to Cameron Diaz. Notably Rodriquez dated former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson, an American model, fitness competitor and actress who also happened to pose for Playboy a couple of times, in 2003 solo and in 2004 alongside another wrestler, Sable. The couple split in February 2015 after dating for around three years.
8 Grady Sizemore - Brittany Binger
You know Grady Sizemore as a three-time MLB All-Star. Your girlfriend knows him as the hot baseball player who gave new meaning to "tea bagging" when his nudes ended up all over the internet. Rumor has it these photos were the result of wife Brittany Binger's email account being hacked, either that or he seriously pissed her off. Binger was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for June 2007. The happy couple is expecting their first child together.
7 Michael Andretti - Jodi Ann Paterson
According to Playboy, Michael Andretti's wife was (is?) the first Playmate of the Year to have a college degree. Jodi Ann Paterson, an Indonesian/American model, actress and former beauty queen was named Playmate of the Year in 2000 and is Andretti's third wife. The couple added twins, a boy and girl, to the famous Andretti racing family in February 2014.
6 Jeff Garcia - Carmella DeCesare
Former CFL/NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia married his Playmate of the Year model sweetheart Carmella DeCesare in April of 2007. Known for her time in WWE as a WWE Diva Search participant and professional wrestler, DeCesare was Playboy magazine's Miss April 2003 and Playmate of the Year for 2004. Garcia notably hinted in a 2007 interview with the Calgary Sun that since DeCesare was now his wife she would have to distance herself from Playboy. The couple has four kids together.
5 Aaron Boone - Laura Cover
Aaron Boone of the prominent Boone baseball family is a former MLB infielder. He is currently an ESPN game analyst and contributor to Baseball Tonight. Sure, he hit a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, but that's still his second best home run.
Boone is married to Playboy's Laura Cover who first appeared as the October 1998 Playmate of the Month, and has been a fixture in the magazine and in its many video series ever since. The couple have two children together.
4 Evan Longoria - Jaime Edmondson
Evan Longoria has plenty to smile about, despite the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays failed to make the playoffs. His gorgeous fiancée Jaime Edmondson is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and Playboy’s Miss January 2010. The two confirmed they were dating in February 2012. "Longo", a third baseman for Tampa is six years younger than Edmondson. The couple have one child together, a little girl born in 2013.
3 Glenn Cadrez - Brande Roderick
Former NFL linebacker Glenn Cadrez played 11 seasons for the Jets, Broncos and Chiefs. After retiring from football Cadrez co-founded the horror film production company BloodWorks. Cadrez and now wife Brande Roderick met on the set of 'Hood of Horror,' a film his company was financing. Roderick is an American model/actress known for her appearances in Baywatch and Playboy. She was Playmate of the Year in 2001. The couple married in 2007 and have two young children.
2 Mike Piazza - Darlene Bernaola, Alicia Rickter
I'm not too sure how Mike Piazza ever managed to pull a Playmate. Sorry make that two. Best offensive catcher of all time? Without a doubt. But I don't know how the guy managed to date two Playmates, and later make one of them Mrs.Piazza.
Before marrying his Playmate wife, the former MLB star dated Darlene Bernaola. Darlene and her sister Carol are the Playboy Playmates for January 2000. That's right. Twins.
Piazza went on to marry American model/actress Alicia Rickter best known for her role on Baywatch and for posing nude for Playboy magazine as Miss October 1995.
1 Hank Baskett - Kendra Wilkinson
Chances are you know this name whether you watch football or not. Henry Randall "Hank" Baskett III is a former NFL wide receiver whose face and name plastered gossip magazines around the world after Baskett allegedly cheated on his wife with a transgender model last year. Hank of course is married to none other than Kendra Wilkinson. While never technically a "Playmate", one would argue that one of Hef's girlfriends is the ultimate prize.
Kendra lived at the Playboy mansion as one of Hef's girlfriends and stared on the E! reality television series "The Girls Next Door". Wilkinson has appeared in three nude pictorials in Playboy with her Girls Next Door co-stars and fellow Hefner girlfriends. The couple has stared in two spin-off shows since becoming engaged and marrying after Wilkinson left the Playboy Mansion. The former Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts receiver and his wife have two children.
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