Football can be a brutal and aggressive sport, as anyone who has ever watched it can attest. While fans of the sport often celebrate the on the field accomplishments of their favorite NFL stars, their off the field behaviour often leaves much to be desired. NFL players make a lot of money, and often enjoying living it up at the bars or clubs. Even if they have families back at home, they are never able to resist the allure of the nightlife scene.
Broadly speaking, there are many NFL players who are major playboys. They easily fall into the trap of fooling around and having affairs behind their partner’s back. In case they weren’t busy enough on the field, they also have to keep busy by fooling around with multiple women. Someone like Ray Lewis, who had considerable success in the NFL, constantly cheated on his partners without ever learning his lesson (although he does have six children!).
It would be unfair to label all NFL players as being partiers who have difficulty remaining faithful. For every playboy in the NFL, you can probably find someone who has proven themselves to be completely loyal to their partner. Whether it is because of religious beliefs or not, they have resisted the temptations of infidelity and remained faithful.
This article will separate the NFL stars who are major playboys and constantly cheat on their partners from the ones who have remained completely faithful to their partners.
15 CHEATED: VERNON DAVIS
We’ll start the cheaters part of this list off with Washington Redskin’ tight end, Vernon Davis. He had gotten engaged to his girlfriend, Janel Horne, of 15 years, but was caught cheating on his then-fiancée. Horne was evidently not one to sweep the matter under the rug, and proceeded to call out the former Pro-Bowler on Instagram. Humiliatingly, Horne accused him of sleeping with someone she referred to as a “20-year-old child.” Davis responded by keeping silent over the accusations, which is probably the right thing for him to do. He has not been rumoured to have been in any relationships since the news broke, and he is seemingly focusing on finishing out his career.
Even though Davis hasn’t said anything publicly about the matter, the allegations give credence to the suggestion that Davis has cheated before.
14 FAITHFUL: KURT WARNER
Kurt Warner has been married to his wife, Brenda, for about 20 years now. Given the lifespan of many relationships in sports, but also among celebrities in general, that is quite a long time! It is respectable that Warner has never wavered in his commitment to his wife, and vice versa. The two-time MVP award winner met Brenda in college, and they have been inseparable ever since. Brenda was previously married with two children, but Warner adopted both her children from her first marriage. Since that time, they have had five children together – for a total of seven kids!
Warner is a devout evangelical Christian and frequently attends charismatic churches. He has often spoken about the importance of his religious beliefs, which contributes to his belief that extramarital affairs are sinful.
13 CHEATED: ROB GRONKOWSKI
Come on, you can’t say you’re surprised. Rob Gronkowski is pretty much the definition of an NFL playboy. Despite being 28 years old now, the New England Patriots’ tight end continues to live life as if he is a college frat boy. For the time being at least, he won’t be mistaken for being someone who can hold down a long-term relationship. He has apparently had some girlfriends, but they have come and gone due to his partying ways. The 4-time Pro Bowler loves to live it up, and even asked two people if they were on Tinder during a promo for the show, MVP. That perfectly matches the type of person Gronkowski is when he is not on the field.
12 FAITHFUL: JAY CUTLER
Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler sometimes comes off as carefree on the field, but he is certainly not carefree or careless when it comes to his relationships. He started dating reality television star Kristin Cavallari in 2010, and the two got engaged about a year later. Though they split up briefly, they reconciled and have been together ever since. There have never been any rumours of Cutler seeing other women, even when Cutler and Cavallari briefly called off their engagement. It’s good to see the two of them, both celebrities in their own right, remain loyal to each other. Cutler and Cavallari have three children together, with the birth of his first son taking place just before the Chicago Bears’ preseason opener in 2012.
11 CHEATED: CHAD JOHNSON/OCHOCINCO
Is he called Chad Ochocinco or Chad Johnson right now? No matter what his name was, he was outed as being a major player by his now ex-wife in 2012. All his secrets surrounding his repeated infidelities started to unravel following his 2012 arrest for domestic battery, where he was accused of headbutting his wife at the time.
Among the revelations was that Johnson was cheating on his girlfriends before he was married, and didn’t try too hard to cover it up either. In addition, Johnson was also rumored to have been paying another woman’s rent while he was dating his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada. This should not be terribly surprising when you take into account that he has six children as well!
10 FAITHFUL: TOM BRADY
Say what you want about Tom Brady and his list of controversies (ie. Deflategate). Though there have often been rumours about his infidelity, there is nothing concrete enough to believe that he has been anything but faithful to his wife, Gisele Bundchen. The couple are very much still together and have two children together: a son, Benjamin, and a daughter, Vivian. There isn’t much doubting that they are one of the premier power couples, given the incredible wealth and fame that the two of them have, combined. They have probably (hopefully) gotten past the biggest stressor in their relationship, the Deflategate scandal. If they were able to make it through that ordeal, then that says a lot about the strength of their marriage.
9 CHEATED: PEYTON MANNING
In fairness to the 5-time NFL MVP, Peyton Manning’s infidelities are merely rumours at this juncture. Manning maintains a squeaky clean type of image, one that he goes to great lengths to protect. After all, his stellar reputation would be tainted if most of the many rumours were proven true.
That being said, the fact is that there are a lot of rumours swirling around about Manning’s lack of faithfulness. As the saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. One of the more persistent rumours is his affair with TV meteorologist Angela Buchman between 2009 and 2011, which would have meant he was cheating on his wife, Ashley. While we can’t for sure say he is a cheater, the sheer quantity of the rumours that have spread cannot be discounted. Just ask Tiger Woods.
8 FAITHFUL: PHILIP RIVERS
Phillip Rivers has been a loyal member of the Los Angeles Chargers, having served as their quarterback ever since he entered the league in 2004. It should then not be too surprising that Rivers has also been completely loyal to his wife of 16 years. Rivers got married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, in 2001, and they have been happily married ever since. Apparently, they even started dating when they were in the seventh grade! Many of the athletes on this list have several children, and Rivers follows that trend. The main difference here is that Rivers has all eight of his children with the same woman. Rivers had commendably been consistent as a quarterback for the Chargers for all these years, just as he has been loyal to his family.
7 CHEATED: RAY LEWIS
As we briefly mentioned in the introduction, Ray Lewis has been a very busy man off the field. In fact, he is just as active on the football field as he was off it! Ray Lewis has been oft-criticized for his off the field antics, most notably by Anna Welker, wife of former Patriots’ wide receiver Wes Walker. She called him out for being a poor role model, pointing out that he had fathered six children with four different women. He may proclaim to be a Christian, but his playboy ways certainly do not seem to match that of a deeply religious person. Ray Lewis is a major playboy who just does not seem to be able to, or want to, settle down and remain faithful with one woman.
6 FAITHFUL: TONY ROMO
Tony Romo is one of those very few players who spend their entire career with the same team. It’s a rarity not only in the NFL, but in all pro sports. Romo was loyal to the Dallas Cowboys, being their quarterback for his entire 14 year career. He has also remained completely loyal off the field as well, despite having a few well publicized relationships.
He started dating Jessica Simpson in 2007, and broke up 2 years later – the day before her birthday. Romo eventually moved onto former Dallas journalist, Candice Crawford. The two of them got married in 2011 and have three children together. Though he might come across as a playboy, there have never been any accusations of him cheating on any of his partners.
5 CHEATED: WILLIS MCGAHEE
It should probably be safe to say that Willis McGahee was not a well-liked player during his time with the Buffalo Bills. There’s just something about publicly made disparaging remarks about Buffalo that makes the fans hate you. Despite this disdain, McGahee managed to keep busy. McGahee was a known player who fathered three children, all from different woman, during the 4 years he spent in Buffalo alone. McGahee has bounced around, cheating on different partners, and now has a total of eight children across seven different women! Like many of the other NFLers on this list, McGahee most likely owes a lot of money in child support payments!
4 FAITHFUL: TIM HASSELBECK
Tim Hasselbeck was not the greatest NFL player, having only sparingly played in NFL games. His brother, Matt, can hold the distinction of being the better pro footballer, having been a 3-time Pro Bowler. Unlike many of the other NFL players, Tim Hasselbeck’s wife is Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who was a contestant on Survivor in 2001 and a co-host on The View for several years. She took some controversial opinions and engaged in some heated debates during her time on the show, but there has never been any speculation of infidelity in their relationship. Tim and Elizabeth started dating in 1997, and got married five years later in 2002. They have since had three children together and seem to be perfectly happy together, in the $2 million house they bought in Nashville.
3 CHEATED: DEION SANDERS
Deion Sanders was one of the top football players, who also happened to be pretty good at baseball. Since retiring from pro sports in 2006, Sanders has kept himself very busy. He is a football analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, as well as the offensive coordinator for the high school his sons attend.
He has been known to keep quite busy with the ladies, as well. He has five children from two different marriages, both of which did not end amicably. His ex-wives have accused him of cheating on them numerous times. Sanders did not help himself out when he was quickly in another relationship shortly after getting a divorce. That would make many people wonder.
2 FAITHFUL: A.J. MCCARRON
A.J. McCarron is currently a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Off the field, he is now married to Katherine Webb who he had dated for several years. The two of them had managed to keep their relationship under wraps for several years, until Brent Musburger outed them during the 2013 BCS National Championship game. Even with the increased media scrutiny, McCarron and his model wife have mostly avoided the spotlight. There were some rumors of the couple being on the brinks of separating, but they put those rumors to rest. There has never been any allegations of McCarron, who is a devout Catholic, cheating on Webb. The couple now have a child, Raymond, who was born in the summer of 2016.
1 CHEATED: ANTONIO CROMARTIE
Antonio Cromartie just has to be the NFLer who caps off this list. It just wouldn’t be right if he didn’t appear on a list of NFLers who constantly cheated on their partners. Although he is no longer a star in the NFL, Cromartie is arguably the poster boy for NFL players who have constantly cheated on their partners. At last count, he has an unbelievable 12 children amongst nine different women! Cromartie evidently sleeps around quite a bit, and there has long been speculation that he has cheats on the women he manages to have a ‘relationship’ with. Nowadays, Cromartie will probably have an extremely difficult time keeping up with all the child support payments. It has been rumoured that he needs to pay $336,00 a year in payments.