Welcome to the world of a professional athlete. You wake up to the smell of cash, sore from the night before, next to a groupie you met at the club. You may think that a lot of these women are just casual one-night stands, sneaking out of the house in the early morning hours, leaving no trace behind. But, these aren't your normal college hookups. Some of these women travel the country, following these athletes, trading bedroom favors for shopping sprees, designer jewelry, and even luxury cars, as long as they keep quiet!
It gets ugly though when these "jersey chasers" spill the beans on their athlete/sugar daddy. Marriages are ruined, reputations are tarnished, and sometimes, legal action is taken. Although, we usually only hear the groupies side of the story. There is even a dedicated groupie website, BallerAlert, which allows groupies to track and dish on athletes.
Now though, after diving into the depths of the internet, we have found a handful of NFLers that have revealed some of their groupie secrets. Some told their stories in books, others in interviews, and others were forced to come clean. Make sure to delete your message history and prep for these 15 NFL players who have revealed their groupie secrets, both good and bad.
15 Nate Jackson's Colorful Description
Former NFL tight end, Nate Jackson, isn't well-known for his playing days, as he only scored two TDs over the course of his nine-year career. After his lackluster football career, Jackson become prominent in the writing world, contributing to several sports sites, and even publishing the critically-acclaimed memoir, Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile, back in 2013.
He opened up to the NYT about some of his groupie stories saying that casual sex provided player's an escape from the reality of their pain.
He called groupies "a mob of bloodthirsty jersey chasers" and "approachable vampires." Jackson even described a normal outing with the fellas when...
"...women have emerged from the fog, pulled toward us by our oversized pituitaries and our cave man libidos, vibrating the floorboards like a Dr. Dre bass line..."
Damn, it's like Ernest Hemingway came back to life in football shape!
14 Glover Quin Dishes On Camera
All-Pro Safety, Glover Quin, has been a staple in the Lions secondary for the last five seasons. He's known for hawking balls, and laying down the boom on unsuspecting receivers. Back in 2014, he even led the league in interceptions with seven, securing his spot in the Pro Bowl.
In 2013, while still a member of the Houston Texans, the fourth-rounder told listeners, in an interview with Sway on Sirius XM's Shade 45, that he thought basketball has the best groupies. Now, Quin is married, so he had to keep his guard up, but his logic is sound. Groupies in the NFL don't always see these players faces and bodies behind their facemask and pads, like they do in the NBA. Per Quin, "9 times out of 10, people don't know who we are!"
13 Terence Newman: NFL vs. NBA Groupies
Just like Quin, veteran Vikings cornerback, Terence Newman, thinks the NBA has much better groupies than the NFL. Back in 2011, at NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, cell-phone reporter, Charlie Peters, caught up with the two-time Pro Bowler in off-the-cuff interview. Although Newman did mention that the best part of the All-Star event was the basketball itself, when questioned why it wasn't the LA ladies, he said "that's a given."
Continuing on, he enthusiastically said "NBA cats got way better ladies than the NFL cats."
Obviously, it all makes sense! Who wants to hookup with a guy once a week on a road trip, when these groupies can have a carousel of NBAers in their city every day. He finished up by saying, "We need to focus on the important stuff... the ladies!" Come on, Goodell, get your priorities straight!
12 Tim Green's Tell-All Book
Like Nate Jackson, former Falcon's pass rusher, Tim Green, turned his focus to writing after his NFL career. He has written several works of sports fiction, and has received multiple awards for his prose. One of his non-fiction works, The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL, reveals life behind the scenes in the football world. More specifically, he has entire chapter titled "Groupies: Sex, Sex, and More Sex?"
Green goes into detail about how players seek nongroupies, or women that just want to hookup. When it comes to the hardcore jersey chasers, he thinks they are a threat to a player's career and well-being.
"Real groupies present all sorts of dangers. First, a real groupie will travel around between guys and even different sports teams, bringing with her various sorts of abominable "luggage," or diseases, which she is more than happy to share. Once caught in her trap, the player can never escape."
11 Cash Flow Equals Silence
Let's be real, most athletes have a gang of groupies in different cities across America, married or not. It's the cash flow that keeps these women quiet though. In a guest piece from NY Daily News back in 2010, an anonymous NFL veteran dished on some groupie secrets following Tiger Woods' cheating scandal.
"Not to bring up old stuff, but this is one of the things that tripped up Tiger: His inability to give his women money or financial support in some small way. I don't think those women wanted a new car or their house paid off, but if you're having sex with a waitress, give her a grand every few weeks. Don't do that, and she'll say he's heartless and be much more inclined to divulge all the dirty details of their relationship."
You have get to put up for them to shut up, or else hell ensues. Kudos to this baller for coming forth, and we understand the reasoning behind his anonymity.
10 Chad Johnson Doesn't Care
Mr. Ochocinco was not only known for his high-flying ability on the gridiron, but his playboy attitude off of it. The three-time First Team All-Pro receiver was caught up in a love triangle back in 2012, stemming from a few racy pictures that Johnson allegedly sent a groupie. A Twitter spat began between his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, and said groupie, in a full-out "hold my earrings" keyboard brawl.
Unlike most athletes and celebrities, who would normally stay quiet and let the issue play out behind closed doors, Ochocinco went to Twitter trying to distance himself from the crazy groupie. Truly, he just doesn't care what everyone else thinks, so we commend him for that. But, with a diva-like reputation that comes with his name, Johnson should have just let bygones be bygones.
9 Kyle Long's Veteran Advice
When it comes to groupies, rookies have a lot to learn. Take for example the case of Ezekiel Elliott, who was photographed by a groupie after the two had just done the deed, and she sent it out via Snapchat. First of all lady, have some damn respect for the guy! But, as a high-profile athlete, Zeke should have been more aware of his surroundings.
That's when veteran Pro Bowl guard, Kyle Long, took to Twitter to give Elliott some sound advice. In a series of tweets, the former first-round pick laid down some guidelines for the then rookie, starting with:
"Rule#1 don't sleep over."
Long continued to preach that no one can be trusted and to beware of social media. Even stating that "As an athlete I'm merely a trophy on the wall of an avg female." Listen up young Padawans, you could really use those words of wisdom!
8 Jay Bromley Falsely Accused
Like Kyle Long said, you can't trust anyone these days. Back in 2016, New York Giants defensive tackle, Jay Bromley, was accused of rape by a groupie in New York City. The police never charged Bromley with assault, after surveillance video surfaced of said groupie jumping on the hood of Bromley's car in a fit of rage. The former Syracuse standout's account of the night did not match her alleged accusations either.
"Bromley told cops that he found the woman naked on a bed when he emerged from the bathroom after checking into the Hyatt Herald Square over the weekend, law enforcement sources said Monday.
She immediately performed oral on him, but abruptly stopped and asked for $2,000, which Bromley refused to pay because he thought they were on a date, the sources said."
Ah, the old extortion move, a classic groupie tactic. Luckily for Bromley, while his reputation was slightly tainted in the media, he came out unscathed.
7 LeSean McCoy Talks With Sway
Shady McCoy is known on the field as a shifty, dual-threat back, and touchdown machine. Currently with the Bills, he's had two straight 1,000-yard seasons, and been at the top of every fantasy owners draft board. In 2014, he sat down with radio host, Sway, during the Super Bowl XLVIII media week in New York, and shed some light on women in the NFL.
In the interview, co-host Tracy G. asked McCoy if the groupie situation was different during Super Bowl week, as compared to the rest of the season. Shady explained how all these women flock to the host city, hoping to party all night and hookup with big-time athletes. When referencing if he was going to take home any jersey chasers that week, he responded,
"It's part of the game though. Just how you play the game, this part of the game."
Straight from the player's mouth!
6 Deion "The Most We Did Was Hug" Sanders
There is no doubting that "Prime Time" is one of the greatest athletes of all-time. He did it all, from interceptions, to returns, to big-time hits, to inside-the-park home runs! But, one thing he couldn't outrun was his estranged mistress, Aleea Stanton. While still married to his wife, Pilar Sanders, Deion was creeping on the side with the then 19-year-old groupie. Stanton plastered screenshots and photos all over the internet, corroborating her story. She even talked to the Bossip about the details of her affair with Sanders.
Obviously, the eight-time First-Team All-Pro cornerback denied the accusations, saying "the most we did was hug." Come on, bro, I'm sure you have "hugged" a lot of groupies in your heyday. The rumors were never confirmed or denied, yet Pilar and Deion filed for divorce in 2011, mostly due to infidelities within both camps.
5 The Fun House
Back in the summer of 2012, a 15-year-old girl was shot outside of a house in Orlando, causing her to suffer serious brain damage. Now, no players were connected with the shooting, but during the investigation, some details about the house came to light.
Specifically, players like Brandon Marshall, Chris Johnson, and Mike Sims-Walker, were using the humble abode as their retreat.
They would hide their infidelities from their WAGs and knock boots with some groupies down in Central Florida.
Now, these NFLers didn't purposefully reveal their secret oasis, but that's one intricate cheating scheme that reveals a lot about these ballers. here can't be only one cathouse like this in the NFL community. You have to imagine there are establishments for such a thing all over the country.
4 Travis Henry Fesses Up
Henry enjoyed a semi-productive career on the field spanning seven seasons, in which he eclipsed 1,000-yards rushing in three of them. But, the former Tennessee Volunteer was more known for his actions off the field with the ladies. Henry fathered 11 children with 10 different baby mamas!
Since he left the league in 2007, Henry has gone broke, crediting and estimated $170,000 in child support payments per year! The New York Times did a story on Henry's destitution, in which he explained how he knocked up so many women.
"I did use protection at first. Then they'd be saying they'd be on the pill. I was an idiot to trust them. Second or third time with them, I didn't use it. Then, boom!"
Like in football, you've got to keep yourself protected.
3 Anonymous Stories Are The Best
Back in 2011, Complex interviewed several NFL players anonymously about their dirty groupie secrets. The results were as expected ... amazing! Check out some of the best responses below, and read the whole article here.
Among their answers about their groupie tidbits were which cities had the ugliest groupies, who was the youngest groupie that ever approached them, how much money did they spend on a groupie, and what was their craziest story.
As for the answers, the players said that small towns like Buffalo or Green Bay had the not so desirable groupies. They also said sometimes they had to be careful because some very young looking women would approach them and obviously they had to make sure they were of age. One NFC offensive lineman said he once spent $2,300 to hang out with a groupie on a weekend, which included travel costs, hotel amenities and going out.
Finally one player went on to say that a groupie once knocked endlessly on his door while he had company and he called the cops on her.
2 Fred Smoot Opens Up About The "Love Boat"
Ah, the epic "Love Boat" scandal. For those of you that don't remember, the Minnesota Vikings went on a team building activity on some chartered boats, that turned into a giant group party.
The attorney for the charter company stated that several lewd acts occurred, and the apparent ring leader of the operation was cornerback, Fred Smoot.
Years later, Smoot went on Reddit to do an AMA (Ask me anything), and fans were not disappointed. Smoot was asked if the "Love Boat" was worth it, responding that he thought the "party was so overrated." If you want more explicit details on the party that we can't share here, we'd highly recommend checking that thread out.
The man, the myth, the legend, Fred Smoot, ladies and gentleman.
1 Dwayne Bowe on "Importing"
Ah, Dwayne Bowe really let the cat out of the bag with this groupie secret. In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Bowe dished on the NFL's dirtiest groupie secret. My explanation doesn't do it justice, just read for yourself.
“My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego. You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing...
"I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.”
Wow, just wow. That wasn't just an NFL groupie secret, that was a whole confidential report!