Samantha Steele and Christian Ponder secretly marry in Wisconsin
If ESPN reporter Samantha Steele and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder were trying to keep their marriage a secret, they did a pretty terrible job of it. Two days after they had their wedding in Wisconsin, the news got out.
"We tried to keep the attention away from us and went over to Wisconsin and had it done. So it was quick but it was good," Ponder tells reporters, according to The Los Angeles Times. "It was important for us to get it done before the holidays [for] a lot of personal reasons."
When Steele and Ponder got engaged earlier this month, they'd only been dating since October. No friends or family were present at their Wisconsin wedding. The Minnesota Vikings currently have two weeks left in their regular season, and then will likely head into the NFC playoffs.