The life of an NFL player is not an easy one. Sure, it seems glamorous when you see them cashing those big cheques, but it definitely comes at a high cost. Especially when you consider that many former football players find themselves struggling financially after making poor decisions. One of the biggest perks that do come with putting “NFL player” on your resume is that you have the chance to land some of the hottest women in the entire world. Former Playboy models, pageant competitors (and winners), supermodels and award-winning musicians are all within the grasp of potential athletes.
Unfortunately for half these athletes, the women didn’t end up sticking around. In fact, in some cases like Julian Edelman, his relationship had the fun benefit of ending with a paternity lawsuit! But that doesn’t mean you won’t love getting to stare at some of the hottest women in the world, like Eva Longoria and Gabrielle Union, even if they’re no longer linked to an NFL player.
These are the 8 NFL WAGS you can’t believe athletes let get away (And 8 Still Sticking Around)
16. Still Around: Gisele Bundchen (With Tom Brady)
Let’s be honest, when you entered this list you had to know that Gisele was going to make an appearance. The world should be well aware that Tom Brady, along with arguably being the greatest quarterback of all-time, is married to one of the most recognizable and influential models.
The two have been married since 2009 and have two children together. While Tom keeps himself plenty busy during the NFL season, we’re sure he must love getting to relax on the beach with Gisele when the offseason starts. Especially if he just happens to end the year with another super bowl ring! Outside of Brady, Bundchen has also been with other notable names including Leonardo DiCaprio and Josh Hartnett.
15. Got Away: Adriana Lima (From Julian Edelman)
Julian Edelman has had many memorable moments in his career but his biggest may have been in the most recent super bowl when he made an unbelievable catch to save the game. When talking about the play, his girlfriend at the time Adriana Lima joked: “I think I’m a better catch than that.” It’d be hard to argue with that! Unfortunately, their love only lasted a few months with Edelman keeping relatively quiet about their entire time together. We don’t know why! If you were dating one of the hottest supermodels in the entire world, you might want to brag about that at least just a little. At the very least we’re sure you’re also just grateful that while Lima got away from Edelman, she managed to find a spot on our list.
14. Still Around: Claudia Sampedro (With Julius Peppers)
There are several players on our list who may find themselves in the Hall of Fame one day and we’d definitely have to include Julius Peppers in that list. He has been a force throughout his career that spans all the way back to 2002 and includes 143.5 sacks.
But Peppers could retire tomorrow and probably find no shortage of ways to keep himself entertained alongside his fiance Claudia Sampedro. While Peppers puts in a significant amount of time in the gym to keep in shape, it’s clear by looking at Sampedro’s body that she also knows how to take care of herself! Let’s hope if Peppers does retire in the near future that Sampedro won’t disappear from the spotlight.
13. Got Away: Eva Longoria (From Mark Sanchez)
You never want to have your career defined by an unfortunate play. But for Mark Sanchez, it’s always going to be hard to ignore the infamous butt fumble! And while Sanchez did find some success in the league, his career always would have paled in comparison to his once bed buddy Eva Longoria.
Their separation came back in 2012 with one source close to the couple reportedly saying, “It’s hard to maintain a relationship when one person is upset all the time…[Sanchez was in] a crappy mood over the New York Jets’ horrible season.” Longoria was also married to NBA superstar Tony Parker for several years but separated back in 2011.
12. Still Around: Ciara (With Russell Wilson)
There are definitely some “power couples” on our list and your favorite may be our next entry with Ciara and Russell Wilson. With the amount of protection that Wilson gets in Seattle it may only be a matter of time before he spends himself some long weeks at home having Ciara make him feel better.
Famed musician, Ciara often puts her body on display wearing little to no clothing but you may be surprised to hear that the two waited until their wedding day to booty bump. “I asked her, ‘What would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table? And just did it Jesus’ way? Can we love each other without [sex]? If you can really love someone without that then you can really love somebody,” said Wilson when talking about their decision.
11. Got Away: Olivia Munn (From Aaron Rodgers)
For years Aaron Rodgers was able to rely on the support of Olivia Munn. But after dating since April, the two called it splits earlier this year. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to include an incredibly sexy photo of Munn showing off some of her best features though!
When talking about their separation, Rodgers admitted “When you are living out a relationship in the public eye, it’s definitely … it’s difficult. It has some extra constraints because you have other opinions abut your relationship, how it affects your work and, you know, just some inappropriate connections.”
10. Still Around: Katherine Webb (With A.J. McCarron)
After the poor outing in week 1, critics have already begun calling for the potential benching of Andy Dalton. While things change quickly in the NFL, one reason to be in support of his backup A.J McCarron is that it might mean getting to see his wife Katherine on a more regular basis!
Webb is known for being recognized for her good looks and in 2012 was named Miss Alabama 2012, and also made it into the top 10 at the Miss USA competition. We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before McCarron gets his shot, and we’re sure Katherine’s good looks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
9. Got Away: Gabrielle Union (From Chris Howard)
There isn’t too much to note about Gabrielle Union’s former husband, Chris Howard. He only played for the Broncos – where he was released after a poor preseason – and also struggled when he was given a shot on the active roster for the Jaguars. Fumbling was perhaps the biggest reason as to why Howard’s attempt at being a running back was cut short.
Howard was however to his credit scoring off the field and was married to Union from 2001-2005. That being said, when talking about their relationship Union said she had rushed into the marriage. Union on top of being a successful actress is also married to future NBA Hall of Famer Dwayne Wade.
8. Still Around: Kerry Washington (With Nnamdi Asomugha)
It’s abundantly clear to anyone who has watched Kerry Washington’s films and television shows that she is a tremendous actress. But with the above photo, we wouldn’t blame you if you can’t remember anything she has been in and instead find yourself just being captivated by how gorgeous she is.
Washington has been married to former shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The two tied the knot in 2013, which also just happened to be his last year in the league. But to be fair, getting to know you can stay home with Washington would be a pretty strong selling point towards retirement!
7. Got Away: Kim Kardashian (From Reggie Bush)
There are plenty of people out there who would have no interest in getting involved with Kim Kardashian, but holy smokes does she still wear outfits that can put your jaw on the floor. But the family isn’t exactly exempt from drama and no matter which athlete you are, your spotlight is definitely never going to be bigger than Kim’s. And while she now is off the market after getting married and starting a family with Kanye, there was once a time when she was linked to Reggie Bush.
The two dated for several years but called off their relationship back in 2010. Kim clearly digs athletes as she also spent a brief amount of time married to Kris Humphries. Bush has since started a family with Lilit Avagyan with their 3rd child together being born in September 2017.
6. Still Around: Olivia Culpo (With Danny Amendola)
One of the most devastating things that can happen during an NFL season is seeing some of the best players in the league end up injured. This is the case with Julian Edelman whose season ended in the preseason. The Patriots will be relying on several players to help fill the absence, including Danny Amendola who put up a strong showing in the season opener but ended the game banged up including a concussion.
We’re sure his girlfriend – who we wouldn’t blame if you can’t keep your eyes off of – will be more than happy to help pamper him back at home. Danny has been linked to Olivia Culpo since 2016. As a fun fact, she actually beat out Katherine Webb who also is on our list in the 2012 Miss USA pageant.
5. Got Away: Erin Heatherton (From Jordan Cameron)
Jordan Cameron is a fantastic tight end but he’s spent countless nights banged up with injuries that cause him serious discomfort and keep him off the field. For at least three years, he was able to make himself feel better by knowing he got to cuddle up with former Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton.
Their relationship, however, came tumbling down in March 2016. Heatherton has also since elected to step away from the Victoria’s Secret brand “I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me. And I got to a point where one night I got home from a workout and I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat.
4. Still Around: Lauren Tannehill (With Ryan Tannehill)
Unfortunately for Ryan Tannehill, the 2017 NFL season was over before it began. He tore his ACL in a non-contact drill back in August and was ruled out for the season. The only positive that might come from this is that it means he gets to spend more time at home. And as you can tell from the above photo, his wife Lauren is drop dead gorgeous.
The two have been married since 2012. Let’s hope Ryan is able to make a speedy recovery from his injury and come back and be a solid contributor again. While it’s not clear where her career led her, at the time of Tannehill’s drafting Lauren was an aspiring model but was also working at a cardiology clinic.
3. Got Away: Lindsay Duke (From Blake Bortles)
A large majority of the relationships that are on our list are two people that have been married or had a high publicized relationship. Blake Bortles never divulged too much information about his once bed buddy, Lindsay Duke, but he did let the world know who she is and for that, you may be incredibly grateful.
Bortles admitted in an interview back in 2014 during his rookie season that the two had gone their separate ways. Guess he was losing that year in more ways than one! Duke to her own credit has upwards of 75,000 followers on Instagram who definitely don’t mind being reminded on a regular basis of just how gorgeous she is.
2. Still Around: Jennifer Walcott (With Adam Archuleta)
Adam Archuleta spent 2001-2008 in the NFL as a safety. He had several achievements on the field, but the best thing he ever did may have been deciding to get married to Jennifer Walcott. The two have one child together.
Walcott to her own credit had a successful career in the modelling industry. This included appearing in Playboy on several different occasions, including being named their Playmate of the Month back in 2001. Which also may be why she looks perfectly comfortable putting her body on prominent display in the photo that we selected for her above. Jennifer alongside Adam also appeared in Moves magazine, but featured Jennifer wearing far more clothing!
1. Got Away: Ella Rose (From Julian Edelman)
Plenty of our relationships on our list are between two loving people who don’t have much beef between them. But when you consider that Ella Rose needed to file a paternity suit against Edelman before he owned up to being the father of their child, and you can imagine there may have been some awkward moments.
The story at least had a happy ending as Edelman did claim paternity, but can now be expected to pay child support. When talking about her own future career, Ella Rose said “I want to work with fashion in the future so I guess that’s what I would be doing now If I wasn’t modeling, hopefully in a few years I will have my own swimwear/lingerie line.” We’re sure Edelman’s cheques will help with that dream!
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