Top NFL players in the United States have some pretty powerful women behind them.
Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington is married to ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha and supermodel Gisele Bündchen married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Ashley Nicole Roberts, a captain in the US Army Reserves, married Arizona Cardinals linebacker Philip Wheeler in 2017. Some of these women also appear on the E! show “WAGS,” which stands for the wives and girlfriends of sports stars, and its subsequent spin-offs.
Below are top 23 accomplished NFL wives and girlfriends.
Former supermodel Gisele Bündchen married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009.
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel also supports various charities, including Save the Children, and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. The couple has two kids.
Grammy-winning singer Ciara tied the knot with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2016.
She has gone on to sign a modeling contract with IMG and is a brand ambassador for Revlon. The couple welcomed a daughter in 2017. Ciara also has a son from her previous relationship with Future.
Abby McGrew was studying fashion at the University of Mississippi when she met future husband and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
She works as a fashion account executive and is involved with New York’s St. Vincent’s Hospital. She helped with the building of a holistic birthing center at the hospital through donations and fundraising. The couple married in 2007 and have three daughters.
“Laguna Beach” alum, television personality, and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari is married to Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler.
The couple has been married since 2013 and now have three kids.
Model and “WAGS” star Sasha Dindayal is married to Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.
The couple married in 2011 and have two kids.
Brittany Dudchenko met future husband and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees when the two were in college at Purdue University.
The college sweethearts started dating as sophomores and married in 2003. They have four kids.
Model Kia Proctor is the longtime girlfriend of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The couple started dating in 2013 and have two kids together. She also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Elizabeth Barry married Kansas City Chiefs Alex Smith in 2009.
The couple is active in Kansas City’s Hope House, an organization dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. They have three kids.
A captain in the US Army Reserves, Ashley Nicole Roberts married Arizona Cardinals linebacker Philip Wheeler in 2017.
She graduated from Tuskegee University and is now a model. She also created the Ashé Hair Care System. The couple appears on “WAGS Miami.” They are the parents of a little boy.
Dominique Penn has been married to Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn since 2012.
Dominique is a blogger and author of children’s book series, “The Many Adventures of Donald,” based on one of her sons. She also has a boutique online that sells baby products. They have three kids.
Businesswoman Faven is married to Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget.
The couple stars on “WAGS Miami.” Faven owns a suit company that dresses professional athletes. They have two daughters together.
Model and actress Claudia Sampedro is engaged to Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.
They have three kids and are featured on “WAGS Miami.”
Celebrity stylist Ashley North is engaged to NFL free agent Dashon Goldson.
North graduated with a communications degree from the University of Washington and has worked as a creative director and stylist for brands like H&M and has styled for magazines like Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter. Goldson and North have two daughters.
Kerry Washington is a three-time Emmy nominated, and two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress. She married former cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in 2013.
The “Scandal” actress is an activist for women’s rights and gay rights. The couple have two kids.
Reality star, model, and author Kendra Wilkinson married former wide receiver Hank Baskett in 2009.
Wilkinson first rose to fame as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on “The Girls Next Door.” Wilkinson and Baskett starred on the reality show “Kendra” and currently have another reality show on WE tv titled “Kendra On Top.” They have two kids.
Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is married to former NFL cornerback Aaron Ross.
Sanya is an Olympic runner in the 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay race. She is also a co-owner of luxury African-American hair salon The Hair Clinic with her sister. She started dating Aaron while the two were both attending college at the University of Texas and the two married in 2010. They welcomed a son in 2017.
October Gonzalez isn’t exactly married to former tight end Tony Gonzalez. The couple, who refer to each other as husband and wife, had a commitment ceremony in 2007.
The committed couple have two kids together. October is a television personality who serves as the DJ on the Fox game show “Beat Shazam.”
Candice Crawford, who is married to former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, is a co-owner of Hawk+Sloane, a natural spray company. She graduated from the University of Missouri where she focused on broadcast journalism.
Romo and Crawford have been married since 2011 and welcomed their third son in August 2017.
Model and fashion designer Nicole Williams married former NFL outside linebacker Larry English in 2017.
The couple appears on E’s “WAGS.”
Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe in 2011 and married former footballer Osi Umenyiora in 2015.
She studied business management at school in Ipswich, England and used her time as Miss Universe to help causes working towards HIV/AIDS prevention.
Singer Jessica Simpson married former NFL tight end Eric Johnson in 2014.
The singer has sold more than 30 million records and created her own fashion line, proving she’s successful in her own right. The couple has two kids.
Jackie met her future husband Charles Tillman, former Chicago Bears cornerback, in the seventh grade.
Jackie is a runner, and the couple hosted a 5K in 2014 to raise money for their Cornerstone Foundation, which helps families with critically ill children. They started the foundation after one of their daughters had to undergo a lifesaving heart transplant due to dilated cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as an enlarged heart. The couple has four kids.
“21 Jump Street” actress Holly Robinson Peete wed former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete in 1995.
Before acting, Robinson Peete graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with majors in psychology and French. The couple created the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease after her father was diagnosed with the disease. The foundation also helps provide resources for families who have members with autism, after one of the Peete’s children was diagnosed. The Peetes have four children together.