Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder confirmed he has been dating ESPN college football sideline reporter Samantha Steele for about two months. The news got out when Ponder eluded to the fact on Twitter recently, but he confirmed it in person Friday.
"The answer is yes," Ponder said after the Vikings practice.
Asked who out-punted their coverage, Ponder joked: “I did, obviously. Obviously I’m a catch. Yeah, I out-punted my coverage for sure.” Ponder and Steele were able to keep the relationship under wraps for weeks, but now that it made the news, he’s said he’s proud of it. “I’m proud of the relationship. I can brag,” Ponder said. “I have bragging rights, I believe.”
And yes, this IS a pretty random story for a Friday afternoon. But hey Sam Steele seems pretty great, and Christian Ponder seems okay, too. So good for them! Ponder's obviously excited, and he deserves bonus points for having a sense of humor about the whole thing.