As the USA gears up for Super Bowl XLVIII, we’ve not only got our eyes on the next generation of NFL superstars. We’ve also got our eyes on the hottest NFL wives and girlfriends who have been appearing on the sidelines throughout the 2013/2014 season.
If being an international sports celebrity in peak physical condition (with a huge salary) doesn’t help a guy find the woman of his dreams then there must be a problem. It’s no secret that the top, highest paid professional athletes in the USA – and all over the world – often end up with beautiful women. There’s multi-millionaire British football star David Beckham, who’s married with kids to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. There’s Spanish professional footballer Gerard Pique who’s married to pop star Shakira (who is worth about $200 million herself). Not to mention NBA star LeBron James who recently married Savannah Brinson, a stylish beauty who names Alexander Wang as one of her favorite designers. Alexander Wang shoes retail for $500 plus or more than $1,000 for boots.
In the NFL and Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVII 10 Highest-paid players), there have been endless examples over the years of top players being matched up with models, actresses and beautiful women. Former NFL player Eric Johnson is engaged with children to singer and clothing designer Jessica Simpson and they expect to marry this year. Nnamdi Asomugha married actress Kerry Washington and the two are expecting their first child this year. Former Playboy playmate Kendra Wilkinson is married to former NFL superstar Hank Baskett.
NFL players spend most of the year training hard and playing hard, but it’s all made that little bit easier when they’re heading home to a gorgeous woman (not to mention their huge bank balances and mansions). Check out this list of the 10 hottest NFL wives.
10 Jessie James – Married to Eric Decker
This 25-year-old may not have ended up being the successful pop star or country singer she’d hoped, but she sure is one of the hottest NFL wives that we'll see on the sidelines in this year’s Super Bowl matchup, and she’s still estimated to be worth about $1.5 million. Jessie James is married to Denver Broncos player Eric Decker, which earns him a salary of about $500,000 per year. The couple stars in their own reality TV show called Eric and Jessie: Game On.
It covers the lead up to their recent wedding and much more. Despite being eight months pregnant at the moment, this brunette NFL wife is reportedly super excited to see her husband playing at the Super Bowl this weekend. She says that this is the best time of their lives, and that she’ll be traveling to the game on a chartered plane with the other wives because she couldn’t miss out on this “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
9 Leila Lopes – Engaged to Osi Umenyiora
Miss Universe 2011 is planning a 2014 wedding with two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora. The pair got engaged over dinner in Atlanta in February 2013. Leila Lopes is a 27-year-old Angolian beauty queen, having won the titles of Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010 and then finally Miss Universe 2011. The dark-skinned, 5-foot-10 woman considers herself to be “endowed with inner beauty”.
She’s never had cosmetic surgery – it’s all natural – and she says that her bright smile is her best weapon. Considered by Forbes magazine to be one of Africa’s youngest “power women”, she was the second black African woman to win the Miss Universe crown, and she’s used her fame to advocate for HIV and AIDS patients. Despite reeling in a salary of around $4 million per year, this 32-year-old Atlantic Falcons defensive end really struck it rich when he sealed the deal with the beautiful Leila Lopes. He only waited five months to propose.
8 Sanya Richards-Ross – Married to Aaron Ross
Sanya Richards-Ross is the 28-year-old wife of Aaron Ross, a well-known cornerback for the New York Giants, who earned about $715,000 in 2013. He may have two Super Bowl rings, but his track and field star wife will give him a run for his money with his four Olympic gold medals and one Olympic bronze medal. Sanya, who is Jamaican American, is always in peak physical condition and she runs a hair salon business in Texas on the side (where you can get hair extensions for $225 plus a number of other hair treatments).
She’s estimated to be worth about $3.5 million, in part due to endorsement deals from sponsors including Nike and BMW, and she’s a budding fashion designer.
7 Sasha Dindayal – Married to Antonio Gates
Antonio Gates, a tight end for the San Diego Chargers who gets paid about $4 million a year, wed (now retired) model Sasha Dindayal in 2011. Their high-end wedding ceremony took place at the luxury Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego, where the top suite costs from $4,500 per night.
Sasha is best known as a “vixen” in music videos by hip hop stars including Jay Z and Usher. This pretty NFL wife has parents of Trinidadian background, but she was actually born in Toronto, Canada. She reportedly stopped modelling to open up her own business but there’s been no news of whether this ever came to fruition.
6 Candice Romo – Married to Tony Romo
Candice tied the knot with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in 2011. The couple had their first child in 2012 and are expecting another this year. She makes it to our list of hot wives because she’s a former Miss Missouri beauty queen (winning the crown in 2008) and she also finished in the top 10 in the Miss USA beauty pageant. She’s also worked as a TV reporter.
Tony Romo, who brought in an $11.5 million salary thanks to the NFL in 2013, has a history of always ending up with some of the NFLs hottest wives or girlfriends. Before marrying Candice, he was known to date both Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood. Candice gets even more credit as one of the hottest NFL wives thanks to the fact she won Tony’s heart among such stiff competition!
5 Lacey Minchew – Married to Matt Flynn
This petite blonde beauty is married to quarterback Matt Flynn of the Green Bay Packers, who pulls in over $700,000 per year. Matt proposed to Lacey at a private winery in Woodinvile, WA and the couple wed in 2012. Lacey, now 32, was Miss Louisiana 2009 and is a former “Golden Girl” cheerleader/dancer at LSU – which pretty much sums up why she’s among the top 10 hottest NFL wives!
Since getting together, this beauty queen has followed her husband around the USA as he’s moved from team to team. The happy couple have lived in luxurious locations including a $1.3 million lodge-style home in the Seattle area, measuring 5,800 square foot.
4 Kristin Cavallari – Married to Jay Cutler
Meet blonde and beautiful actress Kristin Cavallari who’s now married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, after becoming engaged in 2011 and having a baby boy together in 2012. Cavallari, who’s expecting her second child in 2014, is most well known for her roles in MTV series including Laguna Beach and The Hills. In 2009, Cavallari replaced Lauren Conrad in reality series The Hills, working alongside famous actresses Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge.
She was reportedly raking in more than $60,000 per episode in The Hills, which isn’t far off what Lauren Conrad was earning. She hasn’t landed any big acting gigs that we know of in the last few years, but this new mom is bound to be doing okay – after all, her hubby Jay earned a salary of about $8.4 million in 2013, putting him among some of the highest paid NFL players. The 27-year-old is also a budding designer with a sense of style – just last year she was spotted at LAX with a Chanel Caviar GST shopping bag, which costs over $2,500.
3 Ashton Wilson – Married to Russell Wilson
Ashton and Russell Wilson wed in January 2012 at the exclusive Country Club of Virginia, after a long relationship. The beautiful bride wore a stylish gown from J Crew Bridal in New York City, where dresses usually sell for $3,000 to $4,000. This blonde-haired beauty is 24 years old and works in event planning, having previously worked in the insurance industry. She met Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in high school.
He’s in just his second year in the league – earning an estimated $520,000 in 2013 – yet he’s about to lead his team into the Super Bowl XLVIII. Ashton, who rose to fame when she was caught on camera shrieking with surprise when her hubby was drafted, says they try to keep their home life as “real” and normal as possible.
2 Lauren Tannehill – Married to Ryan Tannehill
This dreamy 25-year-old is a cheerleader, model and a nurse with an estimated worth of about $1 million – a combination that’d be hard to beat. What’s more, she loves golfing, her pet dog, and shooting guns (so much so that she accidentally left behind a rifle in a 2013 Nissan Rogue rental car that she returned early this year).
She is one of the hottest young NFL wives out there, with blonde hair, green eyes and lean figure – she’s a size 0/2 but claims to regularly eat ice cream, chicken wings and pizza. Ryan Tannehill is a Miami Dolphins quarterback and was paid a salary of about $400,000 in 2012. He married Lauren in Mexico in January 2012. When asked by a reporter about being married young (in his mid 20s) he simply looked at his wife and said: “Can you blame me?”
1 Gisele Bundchen – Married to Tom Brady
Our pick of the hottest NFL wives for the 2013/14 season is 33-year-old Gisele. This Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel is possibly even more famous than her NFL Hall of Fame hubby, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. She’s modeled some of the most expensive items ever made by Victoria’s Secret including a $15 million “Red Hot Fantasy Bra” and a $12.5 million “Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra”. Gisele, who had previously been dating Leonardo DiCaprio, married Brady in 2009. He may be one of the highest paid NFL stars having won three Super Bowls, but she brings an even bigger bank balance to the relationship – she’s one of the world’s highest paid models, with an estimated income of over $40 million a year.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, and no spot for the New England Patriots this time round, the power couple have instead been vacationing in Costa Rica. They have been spending time in a luxury gated community, which has holiday homes worth as much as $9 million.
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