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.
20 Cole Hamels - Heidi Strobel
19 Jimmy Connors - Patti McGuire
18 John Elway - Carrie Stevens
17 Brett Tomko - Julia Schultz
16 Sheldon Souray - Angelica Bridges
15 Reid Brignac - Lauren Anderson
14 Devin Harris - Meghan Allen
13 Pete Rose - Kiana Kim
12 Adam Archuleta - Jennifer Walcott
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.
10 Scott Podsednik - Lisa Dergan
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
7 Michael Andretti - Jodi Ann Paterson
6 Jeff Garcia - Carmella DeCesare
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.
4 Evan Longoria - Jaime Edmondson
3 Glenn Cadrez - Brande Roderick
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.
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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