It's been an up-and-down season for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
The second-year player out of Florida State started the season with the Vikings winning four out of their first five games, while Ponder never completed less than 60 percent of his passes. However, Minnesota's fortunes have changed along with Ponder's, as the team has lost three of its past four with the 24-year-old completing just 38 of 74 passes over his past three games.
Incidentally, Ponder also has a very attractive, and public, girlfriend in ESPN's Samantha Steele. But don't blame her, Ponder says.
"She has nothing to do with [losing]," Ponder says in a radio interview with KFAN in Minneapolis. "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."
It's not the first time a player's performance has been blamed on his attractive girlfriend, and it likely won't be the last.