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Christian Ponder's development as an NFL quarterback hasn't moved along as quickly as Minnesota Vikings fans would like, but it appears as though he's progressing nicely in the romance department.
Roughly six weeks after Ponder confirmed he had been dating ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele for a couple of months, Steele on Tuesday told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch that the pair is engaged.
"Spoke to ESPN's @Samantha_Steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @VikingsFootball quarterback Christian Ponder," Deitsch tweeted.
Ponder, in his second season with the Vikings after becoming the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, hasn't shied from talking about the high-profile pairing since it became public.
"I'm proud of the relationship," he said the first time reporters asked him about it. "I have bragging rights."
After the Vikings beat the Detroit Lions on Nov. 11, Ponder shrugged off criticism from fans that his new relationship might be the reason for his flagging play.
"I want to thank my girlfriend," he joked after completing 24 of 32 passes in a 34-24 win, "because obviously she has a big impact on how I play."
Of course, Ponder has had two wretched games since, completing only 34 of 68 passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions in back-to-back losses that have dropped the team to 6-6 and on the edge of the playoff race.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele are now engaged, a few months after they went public to reveal they were dating.
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Minnesota Vikings fans who blame ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele for Christian Ponder’s dip in production this season are not going to be happy. According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Steele confirmed on Tuesday that she and Ponder are engaged.
Unless the two were dating for a long time and did a great job of keeping it a secret prior to Ponder confirming it...
Spoke to ESPN’s @samantha_steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @vikingsfootball quarterback Christian Ponder.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 4, 2012
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch confirmed on Tuesday that ESPN reporter Samantha Steele and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder are officially engaged to be married.
After some speculation...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Leslie Frazier stood at a podium Monday, taking repeated questions from the media regarding Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and Frazier's resolute stance that Ponder is, and will be, Minnesota's starter.
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The Minnesota Vikings' playoff chances are slipping away with each missed opportunity, such as Sunday's 24-13 loss at the Green Bay Packers.
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Minnesota Vikings starting Quarterback Christian Ponder is about to get some serious inside access to the Mothership. The Vikes starting man is now reportedly engaged to ESPN’s Samantha Steele… you know the one that replaced Erin Andrews. Steele confirmed the news to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. Samantha and Christian met on the set of College...
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is scoring both on and off the field. The second-year signal-caller from FSU is engaged to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch confirmed it on Twitter
“Spoke to ESPN’s @Samantha_Steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @VikingsFootball quarterback Christian Ponder,” Deitch tweeted.
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Leslie Frazier said he believes in Christian Ponder as the Vikings’ best option at quarterback, for now and for developing long-term. Meanwhile, he said his approach at quarterback is different than other positions.
By Andrew Gruman
GREEN BAY, Wis. When Vikings coach Leslie Frazier approached a dejected Christian Ponder at his locker just moments after the young quarterback struggled yet again, it wasn't to make a change.
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