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Meet Samantha Ponder, wife of NFL quarterback Christian Ponder.

Samantha is a host and reporter for ESPN’s College GameDay, who first met the NFL quarterback on Twitter and married him months later on December 17th, 2012 in Hudson, Wisconsin.



In an interview with’s Bob Sansevere, Samantha talked about how she first met her husband Christian.

Here are few excerpts from the interview.

BS: How long into dating him did you know Christian was the one?

SP: I don’t like him to know this because I try not to compliment him, really, ever. I pretty much knew immediately. Look, you get to the point where you’ve dated enough and you know yourself well enough. I knew what I was looking for, and I certainly knew what I wasn’t looking for. I could tell pretty much immediately who wasn’t the one. With Christian, immediately, I didn’t already know he wasn’t the one.

It all happened really fast. I’ve heard people say, “When you know, you know.” That’s really how it went down for us.

BS: How did you and Christian meet?

SP: He started sending me messages on Twitter. I’m like, “Why is this old Florida State quarterback messaging me? This is weird.” He was always asking me random questions about living in Austin. Nothing creepy, but that was our original connection. Our version of Christian Mingle was on Twitter.

Samantha gave birth to their first child named Bowden Saint-Claire Ponder on July 22nd, 2014. Their beautiful 3-month-old daughter was named after Christian’s college football coach Bobby Bowden.

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