Big Time Athletes and Their Wives/Girlfriends

Big Time Athletes and Their Wives and Girlfriends

If you’re a sucker for big time athletes and their wives/girlfriends, then you’re going to absolutely fall in love with Olivia Culpo and Christian McCaffrey – they’re perfect for each other. The two have dated since 2019 and their adorable relationship continues to grow stronger to this day. 

McCaffrey, who will be entering his sixth year in the NFL this year, is one of the most athletic players in the entire league. Culpo, on the other hand, is one of the hottest models on the planet – being crowned Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2012. They’re both stars in their own right. 

And while these two spend a lot of time ensuring their bodies are in tip-top shape, Culpo recently revealed that she doesn’t like working out with her boyfriend because he takes it too seriously. She might not like working out with him, but she also admitted to loving watching him work out. 

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Big Time Athletes and Their Wives and Girlfriends

Big Time Athletes and Their Wives/Girlfriends
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Olivia Culpo and Christian McCaffrey are the perfect example of a power couple. And while they have yet to tie the knot, we can only hope that’s how this love story ends. Until then, we’ll let them exercise in peace – separately – and gush every time we see them in a photo together.

It’s okay, you can admit that you let out a smile everytime you see a photo of athletes and their wives/girlfriends. It’s a side most fans never got to see before the introduction of social media, but now that social media is everywhere – so are our favorite athletes and their wives/girlfriends.

Don’t worry, we’re going to highlight 15 of the most popular athletes and their wives/girlfriends below. For the sake of this article, we’re only going to focus on relationships that are active and current as of July 2022. Let’s see if we featured any of your favorite power couples in sports. 

15. Chris Paul & Jada Crawley

Chris Paul and Jada Crawley were college sweethearts that eventually tied the knot on September 10, 2011. The couple shares two children together – a son born in 2009 and a daughter born in 2012. They started dating at Wake Forest before Paul entered the NBA.

Paul was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the fourth overall draft pick in 2005. He’s a 12-time All-Star and nine-time All-Defensive player that has led the league in assists five times and steals six times. He also won the Rookie of the Year award after the 2005-06 season. 

14. Odell Beckham Jr. & Lauren Wood

Odell Beckham Jr. and Lauren Wood broke the internet when they became Instagram official on November 5, 2019. They made their red carpet debut in 2021 and broke the internet again on November 5, 2021 with a pregnancy announcement. Their son was born on February 17, 2022. 

Beckham Jr. is coming off a whirlwind of a season. He started the year injured, then got traded to the Los Angeles Rams midway through the campaign, and then won the Super Bowl with his new team – scoring the first touchdown of the game before leaving with an injury before halftime.

13. LeBron James & Savannah James

LeBron James and Savannah James met and started dating while still in high school – in fact, James went to his girlfriend’s prom during his rookie year. They tied the knot in 2013, but not before having two sons – LeBron James Jr. and Bryce. They had a daughter, Zuhri, in 2014. 

James will be entering his 20th season in the NBA and fifth with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s an 18-time All-Star, four-time MVP, four-time champ, and four-time Finals MVP. After 19 years, he’s averaging 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game.

12. Zach Ertz & Julie Ertz

Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz were college sweethearts that met at a Stanford baseball game – Zach played football there, while Julie played soccer at nearby Santa Clara University. The two engaged in 2016 and wed in March 2017. In April 2022, they announced they were pregnant. 

Zach was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The 2018 Super Bowl champion will be entering his 10th season in the league. Meanwhile, Julie has made 116 appearances for the US Women’s National Team, helping them to two World Cups. 

11. Matthew Stafford & Kelly Stafford

Matthew Stafford and Kelly Stafford met in 2007 while attending the University of Georgia – where Matthew was the starting quarterback and Kelly was a cheerleader They started dating in 2009, engaged in 2014, and wed in 2015. They now have four daughters – including twins. 

Stafford was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the first overall draft pick in 2009. He was the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year, but struggled to turn his skills into wins for Detroit. That changed when he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams last offseason and won the 2022 Super Bowl. 

10. Dustin Johnson & Paulina Gretzky

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky started dating in 2013 and got engaged just a couple months later. After a 10-year engagement, the two tied the knot on April 23, 2022 – but not before having two sons, River Jones Johnson (2017) and Tatum Gretzky Johnson (2015). 

Johnson is a professional golfer who turned professional in 2007. He won the US Open in 2016 and The Masters Tournament in 2020. He has 24 wins on the PGA Tour since 2007, but recently shocked the world by joining LIV Golf. Paulina is the eldest daughter of Wayne Gretzky

9. Amanda Nunes & Nina Nunes

Amanda Nunes and Nina Nunes met as training partners in 2012 and eventually started dating in 2014. The couple got engaged in 2018, got married shortly after, and welcomed their first child in 2020 – a baby girl named Raegan. Nina was the one that carried the baby for nine months. 

Amanda is a UFC fighter in the featherweight division, while Nina fights for the UFC in the strawweight division. Amanda is a multi-division champion with seven successful defenses – the first openly lesbian UFC champion. Nina, meanwhile, has a 10-7-0 record in the UFC.

8. Jozy Altidore & Sloane Stephens

Jozy Altidore and Sloane Stephens were childhood friends, but started to date later in life. In April 2019, Altidore finally popped the question and the couple got married on New Year’s Day in 2022. Both athletes who perform at a high level, they’ve always supported each other’s craft. 

Altidore plays football (soccer) for the United States’ Men’s National Team and the New England Revolution (MLS). He’s a two-time US Soccer Athlete of the Year and one-time MLS Cup MVP. His wife, Sloane, plays tennis and has won seven singles titles – including the 2017 US Open. 

7. Justin Verlander & Kate Upton

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are relationship goals, no matter who you are. They met in 2012 while shooting a commercial and started dating in 2013. While they briefly called it quits shortly after, they later rekindled and got engaged in 2016. They’re now married with a daughter.

Verlander made his MLB debut on July 4, 2005 and currently plays for the Houston Astros. He has a 10-3 record this year with a 2.03 ERA and 90 strikeouts through 15 starts. He’s a two-time Cy Young winner and 2011 MVP. His wife is an extremely successful model and actress. 

6. Stephen Curry & Ayesha Curry

Stephen Curry and Ayesha Curry first met in 2003 as teenagers, but didn’t go on their first date until 2008. The couple got engaged in 2010 and tied the knot in 2011. Since then, they’ve welcomed three children – two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and a son, Canon. It’s a full house. 

Curry was drafted seventh overall by the Golden State Warriors in 2009 and will be entering his 14th season in the league this year. He’s a two-time MVP, four-time champion, and 2022 Finals MVP. He’s the best shooter in NBA history, currently holding the all-time three point record. 

5. Sue Bird & Megan Rapinoe

Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe originally met at a photoshoot for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which they were both competing in for the US. In 2017, Bird came forward as lesbian and announced her relationship with Rapinoe. They got engaged in October 2020, but have yet to get married. 

Bird is one of the greatest female basketball players of all-time – she’s a 12-time All-Star that has averaged 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Her wife, Megan, plays football (soccer) and has won an Olympic gold and two World Cups with the USWNT. 

4. JJ Watt & Kealia Ohai

JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai have been dating since 2016, but got engaged in 2019 and quickly got married in the Bahamas on February 15, 2020. They’re one of the biggest power couples in all of sports and recently broke the internet when they announced their pregnancy in June 2022. 

Watt was the 11th overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in 2011 and currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. His wife, Kealia, plays professional football (soccer) for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. 

3. Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen first started dating in 2006 after being set up on a blind date. The two really hit it off, eventually tying the knot on February 26, 2009. Since then, they’ve had two children – a son named Benjamin Rein (2009) and a daughter named Vivian Lake (2012). 

Brady was a sixth round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2000 and now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 23-year veteran is a seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP. His wife, Gisele, is one of the most famous and beautiful models of all-time. 

2. Russell Wilson & Ciara

Russell Wilson and Ciara were an unexpected couple, to say the least. They met in 2015, began dating immediately, and vowed to practice celibacy that same year. They got engaged in 2016 and wed in 2017 in Cheshire, England. The couple share a son and daughter together.

Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He will be entering his 11th season in the league and first with his new team, the Denver Broncos. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion. His wife, Ciara, is a famous singer. 

1. Patrick Mahomes & Brittany Matthews

Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews were high school sweethearts who attended prom together in 2013. They played college sports in Texas before turning pro. In 2020, Mahomes proposed and they wed in March 2022. They have a daughter and another child on the way. 

Mahomes was the 10th overall draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He will be entering his sixth season in the league and has already been named MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. His wife played college football (soccer) and had a brief pro stint in Iceland. 

Which Athletes and Their Wives/Girlfriends Are Your Favorite?

In today’s digital world, you can’t go on Instagram or TikTok without seeing some of the athletes and their wives/girlfriends listed above. There’s nothing fans love more than seeing their favorite athletes find their true love and maybe one day start a family. It’s something we look forward to!

Throughout history, there have been a number of power couples in the sports world– including Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm, Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones, Derek Jeter and Hannah Jeter, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham, and Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

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With new and exciting power couples being created every year, we can’t help but wonder who the next surprise couple will be. There are a lot of single athletes and their wives/girlfriends are out there searching for them – the question is will they find them and will it be at the right time?

20 Sports Stars Who Tied the Knot This Year

We talk an awful lot about sports stars and their talent on the field (or court, rink, etc.), but let’s take a moment to appreciate their life outside of sports – more specifically, the sports stars that recently tied the knot. Their weddings are often lavish, extravagant, star-studded, and more. 

It happens every single year – every month, even. Athletes from all walks of life – baseball, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball, etc. – marry their significant other as fans swoon over the special occasion being shared. It’s never a dull moment when athletes get married!

What makes a wedding so momentous is how unique they can be. Everyone is going to have a different experience, whether you’ve been engaged for weeks, months, years, or a decade. When you’ve finally met the one and are ready to tie the knot, nothing should get in your way. 

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Sports Stars Who Tied the Knot in 2022

20 Sports Stars Who Tied the Knot This Year
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After watching all the sports stars who got married in 2021, we knew 2022 was going to have some big shoes to fill. Last year, we saw sports stars like Derek Fisher, Mitch Trubisky, Scotty Miller, Trevor Lawrence, Mookie Betts, Danny Green, and many more become husbands. 

Now that we’re more than eight months into the year, we’ve already seen some high-profile sports stars tie the knot in 2022 and we couldn’t be happier for them! They’re stealing the show as they continue to give fans ideas of what a dream wedding would look like for each of them. 

It not only gives you an insight into the private life of the sports stars getting married, but it gives us ideas for our own wedding. In case you’ve been living under a rock or haven’t kept up with all the newlyweds in the sports community this year, we’re going to detail some of our favorites. 

20. Danny Jansen

Danny Jansen married Alexis Vrabel in March 2022 after being engaged for several years. The Toronto Blue Jays’ catcher made the moment extra special by having his former teammate – first baseman Rowdy Tellez – as the officiant. Tellez was traded by the Blue Jays in 2021. 

Jansen is playing in his fifth season with the Blue Jays since making his MLB debut with the team in 2018. In 290 games played, he has a .211 batting average, 179 hits, 42 home runs, 35 doubles, 123 runs batted in, and 119 runs scored. He has only played 39 games in 2022.  

19. Paul George

Paul George finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Daniela Rajic in June 2022. The couple started dating nearly 10 years ago and already share three children together – Olivia (8), Natasha (4), and Paul (8 mos.). It was a star-studded wedding that featured a lot of NBA talent.

George is preparing for his 13th season as a pro and fourth season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has played in 737 career games and averages 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks. He’s a seven-time All-Star still looking for his first title win.

18. Draymond Green

Draymond Green recently shook the internet when he married his longtime partner, Hazel Renee, in August 2022. The wedding comes just months after Green earned his fourth championship ring with the Golden State Warriors – but his new ring is much more special. 

Green is preparing for his 11th season in the NBA, all of which with the Warriors. The former second round draft pick averages 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 685 career games played. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17. 

17. Sean McVay

Speaking of sports stars tying the knot just months after winning a championship, Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Sean McVay married his longtime fiancee, Veronika Khomyn, in June 2022. It came as no surprise that the wedding cake was shaped like the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

McVay took over as head coach of the Rams in 2017, becoming the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He has since become the youngest head coach to win Coach of the Year, make it to the Super Bowl more than once, and win the Super Bowl. He’s a living legend. 

16. Kyle Walker

Alright, Kyle Walker technically got married to his longtime model girlfriend, Annie Kilner, in November 2021, but they did so in secret and wasn’t brought to light until January 2022 – so we’re including it on this list. They share three children together and appear to be happy.

Walker has played right-back for Manchester City of the Premier League since 2017. Before that, he spent eight years with Tottenham Hotspur and has also played for Team England internationally since 2011. He has already won four Premier League titles with Manchester City.  

15. Max Browne & Victoria Garrick

Max Browne and Victoria Garrick never rose to professional stardom in their respective sport, but they were once USC standouts in football and volleyball, respectively. Browne popped the question in August 2021 and the couple finally tied the knot in August 2022 – what a turnaround!

Browne spent three years as quarterback at USC, throwing for 650 yards and two touchdowns in limited time. He then played for the Pittsburgh Panthers in 2017, throwing for 997 yards and five touchdowns before a season-ending injury. Garrick was a standout volleyball player at USC.

14. Oula Palve

Last year, Oula Palve announced his engagement to former The Bachelor contestant Haley Ferguson. They didn’t waste much time, tying the knot on June 11, 2022 in Las Vegas – Haley’s hometown. The wedding took place at Resorts World Las Vegas and it was beautiful.

Palve has never played in the NHL, going undrafted in 2011 and spending the first bit of his career in Finland. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019, but played in just 60 AHL games before deciding to take his talents to Sweden, where he currently plays for Brynäs IF. 

13. AJ Dillon

AJ Dillon has been engaged to Gabrielle Toonen since popping the question in September 2021, but the wait is now over. The couple got married in Door County, Wisconsin in June 2022 during the NFL’s offseason. Among the stars in attendance was basketball player Sam Dekker.

Dillon is currently preparing for his third season in the NFL since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2020. He had 242 yards and two touchdowns rushing in a limited role as a rookie, but improved to 1,116 total yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. Expect another leap in 2022.

12. Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon rang in the new year in style, secretly marrying his longtime partner JussiPekka Kajaala on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles. It was technically a 2021 wedding, but we’re including it on this list because you might’ve missed the news among all the excitement. 

Rippon represented the United States at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning a bronze medal in the team figure skating event. He won a gold medal at the 2010 Four Continents Championships and two gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 2008 and 2009. 

11. Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss wasn’t shy about marrying singer Ryan Cabrera, sitting down with PEOPLE two weeks prior to talk about the special moment. The two wed on April 9, 2022 at the Kempa Villa in Palm Desert, CA. They’ve been engaged since November 2020, but now they’re official.

Bliss is currently signed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and has been with the promotion since 2013 – she didn’t make her main roster debut until 2016. She’s a three-time Raw Women’s Champion and a two-time Women’s Tag Team Champion with Nikki Cross

10. Sydney McLaughlin & Andre Levrone Jr.

One year ago, Sydney McLaughlin and Andre Levrone Jr. announced their engagement to one another. In May 2022, the couple decided to finally tie the knot in Madison, Virginia. The bridesmaids and groomsmen featured several former sports stars in track and football. 

McLaughlin is a standout hurdler and sprinter, representing the United States at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo – where she won two gold medals. She’s the current world record holder in 400m hurdles at 23 years old. Levrone Jr. played college football at the University of Virginia.  

9. Fred Warner

Fred Warner was engaged to former The Bachelor contestant Sydney Hightower for nearly a year before the couple decided to make it official on June 25, 2022. They wed in a small chapel in Vista, CA with plenty of standout NFL athletes and The Bachelor contestants in attendance. 

Warner was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s currently preparing for his fifth season in the NFL and has already recorded 504 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, six forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. 

8. Lance Armstrong

Here’s a name you likely weren’t expecting to see on this list – Lance Armstrong. He was once married to Kristin Richard from 1998 until 2003,  but started dating Anna Hansen in 2008. The longtime couple finally announced their engagement in 2017 and tied the knot in August 2022. 

Armstrong is one of the most famous cyclists of all-time, both for good and bad reasons. He won seven consecutive Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, but had each of those titles stripped from him due to doping allegations. 

7. Aaron Hicks & Cheyenne Woods

Aaron Hicks and Cheyenne Woods have been together since 2020 – shortly after Hicks’ split with Jessica Knoles. The couple got engaged in October 2021, but 2022 has been a busy year. In February, they not only tied the knot, but also announced they were expecting their first child. 

Hicks is currently playing in his 10th season in the MLB – he spent three with the Twins and the past seven with the Yankees. This year, he’s batting .217 with 6 home runs, 32 runs batted in, and 41 runs scored. His wife is the half-niece of Tiger Woods and is a pro golfer herself.  

6. David Bakhtiari

AJ Dillon isn’t the only Green Bay Packer that got married. David Bakhtiari, the team’s offensive lineman, married Frankie Shebby on March 5, 2022 after being engaged for nearly two years. It was even more special because Aaron Rodgers was officiating the wedding.

Bakhtiari spent four seasons at the University of Colorado before being drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He has played and started in 119 games at left tackle since then, but only played one game last season due to a serious injury. 

5. Sloane Stephens & Jozy Altidore

While Adam Rippon decided to get married on New Year’s Eve, Sloane Stephens and Jozy Altidore chose to wed on New Year’s Day. The couple tied the knot at St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami Beach, FL. They’ve been dating since 2016 and announced their engagement in 2019.

Stephens has a career 328-236 singles record, including seven singles titles and the 2017 US Open title. She reached the finals at the 2018 French Open, but lost to Simona Halep. Her husband, Altidore, has played professional football (soccer) since 2006 and is a star himself.

4. Kevin Love

After six years of dating, Kevin Love and model Kate Bock finally decided to tie the knot on June 25, 2022. They weren’t shy, opening up about their big day in a pre-wedding interview with Vogue. The wedding featured a long list of high-profile sports stars, such as LeBron James.

Love is currently preparing for his 15th season in the NBA and ninth season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has played 812 career games and averages 17.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. He won the 2016 NBA Championship with LeBron.

3. Patrick Mahomes II

Patrick Mahomes II and his longtime girlfriend Brittany Matthews are known to shake the internet, which they did once again with their lavish wedding in Hawaii on March 12, 2022. They already share a daughter together, but recently announced they have a baby boy on the way. 

Mahomes II is currently preparing for his sixth season in the NFL and has already accomplished so much. He has a 50-13 record with 18,991 yards, 151 touchdowns, and 37 interceptions. He’s an MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl winner, and Super Bowl MVP, at 26 years old.

2. Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka and actress Jena Sims announced their engagement in April 2021 and decided to tie the knot a little over a year later – marrying on June 4, 2022 in the Turks and Caicos. Their destination wedding was beautiful and even included a performance by Ludacris

Koepka played college golf at Florida State University and turned professional in 2012. He has 15 professional wins, including the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, and the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018. He most recently joined LIV Golf, effectively ending his career on the PGA Tour. 

1. Dustin Johnson

Speaking of golf stars getting married, Dustin Johnson finally married his longtime fiancee Paulina Gretzky – the daughter of Wayne Gretzky. The couple have been engaged since 2013, but decided it was time to make it official at a resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN.

Johnson played college golf at Coastal Carolina University and turned professional in 2007. He has 28 professional wins, including the 2016 U.S. Open and 2020 Masters Tournament. Much like Koepka, Johnson decided to end his PGA Tour career when he joined the new LIV Golf.  

Sports Stars Who Should Be Tying the Knot Soon

20 Sports Stars Who Tied the Knot This Year
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With four months left in 2022, you best believe there will be several more sports stars getting married before the new year. There are plenty of sports stars currently engaged to their significant other, which means they can wed at any moment – and oftentimes unannounced.

Some of the sports stars you should keep your eye on in the coming months – if not before the year’s end, then sometime in 2023 – are Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens, Tyler Nicholson and Jamie Anderson, Harrison Ball, Brad Richardson, Taylor Rapp, Ben Simmons, and more. 

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If you’re one to get excited when sports stars and famous athletes tie the knot with their other half, then prepare for an exciting end to 2022 and perhaps an even more exciting start to 2023. There are plenty of weddings yet to happen, so stay tuned because we’re just getting started!

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