Game of Love: The Hottest Celebrity-and-Sports-Star Power Couples
by Jennifer Lafferty
Celebrity-and-athlete couples are usually highly publicized, garnering interest from pop culture fans and sports fans alike. Just look at superstar couple Victoria and David Beckham, who are even more popular as a couple than individually. See if your favorite celebrity-and-sports-figure power couple made the list.
Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
Actress Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwyane Wade dated for several years before wedding in 2014. The couple frequently hits the red carpet, and they’re not at all shy about being affectionate in public, making for some great photo ops.
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Acknowledging the recent deluge of celebrity splits, country singer Carrie Underwood has said her marriage to hockey player Mike Fisher is fine, telling Cosmopolitan: “They’re dropping like flies! But we are good.” The couple welcomed their first child, Isaiah, last year.
Tim & Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Sports analyst and former NFL player Tim Hasselbeck’s marriage to TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck seems solid, especially by showbiz standards. Perhaps fate had a hand in this romance, considering their first date lasted a whopping 14 hours when the two were accidentally locked out of a dorm.
Olivia Munn & Aaron Rodgers
Actress Olivia Munn and Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers have dated since 2014. Munn quashed rampant rumors of an engagement last year by posting a humorous text exchange with her mother, assuring her the reports were false.
Rodney & Holly Robinson Peete
Former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson Peete have been married over twenty years and have four children. This successful celebrity-and-sports-figure couple is currently working on an OWN docu-series about their family’s daily life.
Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson
When actress Bridgette Wilson met future husband tennis star Pete Sampras, she had no idea who he was because she wasn’t a tennis fan. But after 15 years of marriage, they still seem like a perfect match.
Shakira & Gerard Pique
Singer-songwriter Shakira isn’t in a hurry to marry soccer player Gerard Piqué, her longtime boyfriend and the father of her son, but she’s obviously very much in love, saying: “I feel that he deserves a million love songs written for him.”
David & Victoria Beckham
David Beckham thinks he and wife Victoria are meant to be, explaining he chose her off TV and she picked him from a soccer sticker book. It does seem like a fitting start for a celebrity power couple.
Brooklyn Decker & Andy Roddick
Actress and Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker married tennis player Andy Roddick in 2009. Although Roddick is the athlete in the family, Decker has made her mark in the sports world, appearing on shows like Sports New York.
Carmelo & La La Anthony
Carmelo and La La Anthony are among the most buzzed-about power couples around (remember the Honey Nut Cheerios rumor?). The actress-TV personality was candid about her marriage to the Knicks player in her 2014 book The Love Playbook.
Wladimir Klitschko & Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere’s five-year romance with champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko produced a daughter in 2014. Panettiere described how Klitschko tried to experience the pregnancy, saying: “I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving”.
Justin Verlander & Kate Upton
It looked like actress-supermodel Kate Upton’s relationship with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was history when she traded him for Dancing with the Stars bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Now Verlander and Upton are back together and going strong.
Nick Young & Iggy Azalea
It sounds like a romantic comedy, but when Australian rapper Iggy Azalea met L.A. Lakers’ Nick Young at a 2008 pool party, she hated him. Years later, she went out with him, not remembering their prior meeting. Now the couple is engaged.
Jay Cutler & Kristen Cavallari
It was clear right away that Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavallari were the real thing. The former reality star and the current NFL quarterback moved fast; Cutler proposed after only two months! They’re now parents of three.
Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady
Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Gisele Bundchen and her New England Patriots quarterback husband Tom Brady may be the ultimate sports-celebrity power couple. While recently celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary, Bundchen thanked Brady on Instagram for always being at her side.