Vikings’ Christian Ponder and EPSN’s Samantha Steele are Engaged!

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Through the first four weeks of the 2012 NFL season, Christian Ponder had thrown for 824 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and his Vikings were out to a surprising 3-1 start.  But Ponder followed that impressive September showing by throwing two interceptions in each of his next three games, and at least one interception in seven of his last eight, as the Vikings have gone 3-5 over that stretch, dropping them to third in the NFC North, behind the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

Many had attributed Ponder’s struggles to his new girlfriend, ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele, as it was confirmed in October by Ponder that the two were officially a couple.

Well, if that is in fact true, then I guess we shouldn’t expect Ponder to break out of his slump anytime soon, as he and Steele have announced that they are now engaged!

The news was confirmed by Sports Illustrated Richard Deitsch, who Tweeted the following:

“Spoke to ESPN’s @Samantha_Steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @VikingsFootball quarterback Christian Ponder.”

According to reports, Ponder used Christmas lights to spell out “Marry Me” during his proposal.  Here is an image the couple released, along with a photo of the ring.

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Just for the record, Ponder claims that Steele has nothing to do with his poor play over the course of the last two months, as he has stated that the two had been dating before the season started.  That may be true, but I doubt it will stop the critics from being even more critical should he continue to make a habit of completing passes to members of the opposition’s defense.

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