Afterward, he left Minnesota Vikings to sign with Oakland Raiders in March 2015. Subsequently, he joined the team such as Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans.Eventually, he signed a contract with Denver Broncos in November 2015.This is weird.” He was always asking me random questions about living in Austin. Nothing creepy, but that was our original connection. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder confirmed on Friday that he is indeed dating ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele, whom he had met on the set of "College Game Day" several months ago, Tom Pelissero of 1500reports."There's been a thousand articles today about it," Ponder said on Friday. You've got to try to keep it private, but that's just part of the industry, part of the job. Comes with the territory."Ribbing from teammates also comes with the territory. With Ponder focused on his NFL career, and the 26-year-0ld Steele often on the road for her job, the 24-year-old Ponder suggested that their busy, but synchronized schedules could be a plus for the longevity of their now public relationship." data-reactid="35" With Ponder focused on his NFL career, and the 26-year-0ld Steele often on the road for her job, the 24-year-old Ponder suggested that their busy, but synchronized schedules could be a plus for the longevity of their now public relationship.According to Pelisserio, tight end Kyle Rudolph and other teammates have taken to referring to Ponder as "Christian Steele," but that hasn't phased Ponder, the No. Ponder initially revealed the existence of a relationship when he sent and quickly deleted a tweet to Steele, who was with him at the time. "The cool thing is that obviously, we're both at the same time, so we don't get to see each other that much," Ponder said. We drove the 20 minutes to Hudson or whatever it was, walked in, got married. We get way more attention than we ever deserve or need or want, because of our jobs. One of the guys texted Christian and asked, “Dude, where are you at? I turned around, and he was on his knee and asked me. From the Pioneer Press: I never was really a girl who planned out what my wedding would be, what my dress would look like. When we got married, he picked me up at the airport and I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a hat. That night after we had our Arby’s, we forgot the offensive line had an Ugly Sweater Party at a local restaurant.
I’m like, “Why is this old Florida State quarterback messaging me? Read on for more about the Ponders, their relationship and the newest member of their family. Ponder was traded to the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March, 2015 after playing backup quarterback for four years on the Minnesota Vikings.Unlike many couples that include an athlete and a reporter — CBS’ Jenny Dell and the Red Sox’s Will Middlebrooks come to mind — the Ponders’ relationship didn’t develop with the reporter covering the athlete. Paul Pioneer Press’ Bob Sansevere, Samantha said she was living in Austin and working for the Longhorn Network when Christian started sending her Twitter messages. Ponder was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of by the Vikings.Christian Ponder is an American football quarterback.He gained recognition playing for Minnesota Vikings as a 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.