From the moment NCAA football stars hear their name called in the NFL Draft or enter the league via undrafted free agency, as they did over the past weekend, their lives change dramatically, and so do those of their wives or girlfriends.
These athletes receive an instant pay raise, transforming the status of their bank accounts from struggling university student to instant multimillionaire. And in most cases, their significant others are expected to dedicate their lives to the athlete, and essentially keep him content and life at home running smoothly while the football player takes care of business on the gridiron. Moreover, the success of the athlete and lack thereof in the spouse creates a relationship imbalance, where the female is entirely dependent upon her man to carry the load, and he may abuse this perceived sense of entitlement—think Tiger Woods. The women can go weeks without seeing their spouses, and begin to believe that another woman is making him hers. The wives or girlfriends of athletes in all sports have similar doubts about their fidelity, and these related fears often spread through their minds, making it difficult to cope with and enjoy the stay-at-home life.
Their time apart can hamper the long-term success of their relationship. Like any couple with one spouse working nine-five, and the other working around the clock, the lack of cohesion in schedules can have a sluggishly deteriorating effect on the relationship. However, this list delves into the careers of the wives or girlfriends of NFL players who have managed to create their own success. In fact, in many instances on this list, the fame of the wives or girlfriends exceeds that of the NFL star they’re in a relationship with. And they have actually helped attract notoriety for their husbands or boyfriends, especially for those who haven’t risen to an elite level of play in the league thus far. Here are ten significant others of NFL athletes who have done quite well for themselves.
There's no doubt that these ladies are able to fend for themselves, with several being big names that we'll all recognize instantly. Many are performing better in their own domain than their husbands/boyfriends currently are on Sundays.
10 Kristin Cavallari – Television Star
9 Katherine Webb – Model, TV Personality
Some of the women on this list reached notoriety on the small screen in the traditional way, but Webb did so in an unorthodox fashion during the BCS Championship game in 2013. The girlfriend at the time of then Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Webb was the subject of commentary about her appearance by Brent Musburger of the ESPN broadcast team; he complimented her looks and praised the quarterback for being with her while she was shown on television from the stands during the broadcast.
8 Elisabeth Hasselbeck – Talk Show Host
7 Kim Zolciak – Reality TV Star
6 Kerry Washington – Actress
5 Jessie James – Country-Pop Singer, Songwriter
4 Caroline Wozniacki – Tennis Player
The international tennis star, and former women’s number one has earned nearly $20 million in career prize money to date. She held her number one ranking for 67 weeks starting in October 2010.
3 Ciara – Singer, Songwriter
The R&B sensation was recently spotted at a Seattle Mariners game with the Super Bowl winning quarterback, raising questions about their relationship status. The two also attended Barack Obama's recent Japanese state dinner at the White House last week, and furthered their dating rumors as they were seen holding hands.
2 Olivia Munn – Actress, Author, TV Personality
1 Gisele Bündchen - Fashion Model
It's no surprise to see Gisele top the list, as she's long been one of the most famous models in the world and she's married to the reigning Super Bowl MVP and champion.
In the case of Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bundcheon, you could argue her worldwide notoriety exceeds that of her husband and future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady. Before marrying the Patriots superstar and NFL poster boy, Bündchen was in a relationship with actor Leonardo Di Caprio. Following her rise to stardom in modeling, Bündchen transitioned into a brief acting career, appearing in Taxi (2004) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Bündchen is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.
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