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Christian Ponder's Hot Girlfriend Isn't Affecting Play - Dating ESPN Reporter Samantha Steele

By Staff
Nov 8, 2012
Some fans believe play with the hot girlfriend off the field is taking away the hot play of Ponder on the field.

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's recent play has brought enough criticism it has swerved towards his girlfriend Samantha Steele.

The beautiful ESPN reporter raised the ire of Vikings fans that was compared to when Dallas Cowboys thought the reason their QB Tony Romo played poorly because he was dating Jessica Simpson.

Some fans believe play with the hot girlfriend off the field is taking away the hot play of Ponder on the field.

When quizzed during a recent radio interview and asked if Samantha could be the reason his play has dipped of late, Ponder answered:

"She has nothing to do with it. We’ve been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field."

See the full interview here.

Just last month, a QB romance ended, it was reported that Eva Longoria dumped New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez because of the Jets losing streak.

Eva and Mark denied that and said the split was cordial.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' actress – whose divorce from basketball player Tony Parker was finalized last year – and the NFL player went separate ways after a couple of months of dating because of their "different schedules and lifestyles", but the pair are expected to remain "close friends".

Sanchez's representative told Us Weekly: "Mark adores and respects Eva. It really was about scheduling more than anything else. They will remain close friends."

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