News broke today that ESPN reporter Samantha Steele is dating Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.Two fairly new kids on the block are making headlines on sports blogs across the web. We know Ponder is in his second year with the Vikings, but what do we know about Steele?
Steele, only 26 years old, graduated from Liberty University in 2009. At Liberty, she was a sideline reporter for football and basketball games, and she interned at ABC Sports radio and television during the summers.
The rising star started her career at the Texas Longhorn Network and Fox but when Erin Andrews left ESPN for Fox this summer, ESPN scooped Steele up and put her in Andrews’ former College Gameday spot.
So far, Steele seems to be a favourite. Her personality is great and she’s a natural on camera. Some in the Business Insider office think she’s better than Erin Andrews already.
Steele is definitely one to keep an eye on.
On set with ESPN’s David Pollack:
Here’s Steele and her niece from Thursday night’s Oregon-Arizona State game:
Taking photos with fans:
Joking around and taking pictures of ESPN’s David Pollack sleeping #gotem:
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