Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/4/12
Christian Ponder is having some trouble putting the ball in his receivers’ hands lately, but he had no problem putting a ring on Samantha Steele‘s finger. Just over a month since Ponder confirmed that the couple was dating, Richard Deitsch reported that the two are engaged. Spoke to ESPN's @Samantha_Steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @VikingsFootball quarterback Christian Ponder.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 04, 2012 The couple’s relationship has seemingly had opposite effects on each other’s careers. Steele, a reporter for ESPN’s College Football Live, has seen her popularity rise since being linked to Ponder. For the Minnesota quarterback, things have not gone so well.  The Vikings are 2-4 over their last six games and Ponder has thrown seven interceptions in those contests. Maybe Ponder was so busy thinking of the perfect way to propose to Steele that he hasn’t been spending enough time looking at his playbook. For the Vikings’ playoff chances, let’s hope his main focus is on football now. Click here to see photos of the new bride-to-be >>> Photos via Facebook/Christian Ponder the Viking and Twitter/@Samantha_Steele
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