It’s not easy being married or otherwise romantically attached to a professional athlete. Or at least, I assume it’s not. I’ve never dated one. Sure, they usually make lots of money, but they basically are required to be workaholics, and during the season (whichever sport we’re talking about) they’re away from home half the time.
But do you know who can deal with that kind of life? Well yes, other athletes. But also celebrities. If you’re an athlete, you know a celeb isn’t dating you for your money, because they’ve got money too. And you know they can deal with a crazy travel and work schedule, because they also have crazy travel and work schedules.
This is why, I suspect, there are so many athlete-celebrity couples. And today, in honor of the newest pairing (which I learned about on Monday thanks to Google News), we’re going to look at some of the most notable athlete-celebrity power couples together today. Ready to start? Good.
Oh, and p.s., yes, this list features attractive women. So, you know…
Him? The No. 525-ranked men's tennis player in the world.
Her? One of the stars of Big Bang Theory.
Who's more famous?Oh, definitely Kaley. When I read about how they came out with their relationship at the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sunday, I was like, she's dating who? (No offense, Ryan.)
25. Ryan Sweeting & Kaley Cuoco
Him? Unemployed NBA player who may or may not be addicted to crack.
Her? The sister of someone who became famous because she released a sex tape.
Who's more famous?Who cares? They may not even be together for much longer.
24. Lamar Odom & Khloe Kardashian
Him? 35-year-old German tennis player currently ranked no. 12 in the world.
Her? Actress primarily known for her role on the new 90210.Who's more famous?We'll give this one to Tommy Haas. He was ranked as high as no. 2 at one point, and his wife has definitely never reached that level in her profession.
23. Tommy Haas & Sara Foster
Him? Second-year center for the Detroit Pistons.
Her? Nickelodeon actress known mostly for something called iCarly.
Who's more famous?Depends whether you're talking to a 25-year-old male or a 13-year-old female.
22. Andre Drummond & Jennette McCurdy
Him? Perhaps the most loathed player in the NFL.
Her? Former "star" of Laguna Hills or whatever that nonsense was called.
Who's more famous?Cutler for sure. In ten years people will remember how much Cutler pissed them off, but you probably can't say that for Cavallari's MTV shows.
21. Jay Cutler & Kristin Cavallari
Him? Former no. 1 tennis player and 2x Grand Slam champion.
Her? Australian pop singer and soap actress.
Who's more famous?In Australia Bec Cartwright is pretty famous, apparently, but it's her husband who's better known beyond the shores of Oz.
20. Lleyton Hewitt & Bec Cartwright
Him? All-Star goalie for the Buffalo Sabres.
Her? Actress from Anger Management and such films as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Who's more famous?Miller, especially in Buffalo and Canada.
19. Ryan Miller & Noureen DeWulf
Him? The Mets rookie pitcher who started the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Her? Just a SI Swimsuit model.
Who's more famous?Harvey...but it's close.
18. Matt Harvey & Ann Vyalitsyna
Him? The heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Her? Currently starring in Nashville.
Who's more famous?It should be Klitschko, but your mom's probably only heard of Panettiere.
17. Wladimir Klitschko & Hayden Panettiere
Him? The 2013 NBA scoring champ.
Her? DJ and television personality.
Who's more famous? Carmelo. No doubt about it.
16. Carmelo Anthony & La La Vazquez
Him? Huge d-bag.
Her? Former WWE Diva-turned fitness competitor.
Who's more famous? A-Roid, obviously.
15. Alex Rodriguez & Torrie Wilson
Him? Small forward for the Toronto Raptors (which, technically, is an NBA team).
Her? A super hot model.
Who's more famous?Let's call it a tie.
14. Landry Fields & Elaine Alden
Him? All-Pro cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Her? Emmy-nominated star of Scandal.
Who's more famous?Well, until recently it would have been Asomugha. But now it's definitely Washington. (FYI, the two married this past summer.)
13. Nnamdi Asomugha & Kerry Washington
Him?Defenseman and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Her? Star of Happy Endings, and before that Jack Bauer's daughter on 24.Who's more famous?Elisha, but in Canada Phaneuf is close.
12. Dion Phaneuf & Elisha Cuthbert
Him? Superstar third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Her? Former Playboy Playmate.
Who's more famous?Longoria everywhere outside Tampa (where they don't even realize they have a baseball team).
11. Evan Longoria & Jaime Edmondson
Him?Wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.
Her? Country singer.
Who's more famous?It's a tie...and ties go to the hot chicks.
10. Eric Decker & Jessie James
Her? Daughter of Wayne Gretzky.
Who's more famous?Paulina, and rightly so.
9. Dustin Johnson & Paulina Gretzky
Him? Veteran center for the Los Angeles Kings.
Her? The most famous sideline reporter on the planet.
Who's more famous?Andrews, of course. Stoll has never been on Dancing with the Stars.
8. Jarret Stoll & Erin Andrews
Him? Center for the Nashville Predators.
Her? One of the biggest country music stars in the world.
Who's more famous?Underwood. Interestingly, you would have thought the two met in Nashville, but they actually met and got married back when Fisher was still playing for the Ottawa Senators. The trade to the Preds could not have made any more sense.
7. Mike Fisher & Carrie Underwood
Him? 3x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, and ladies pantsuit aficionado.
Her? Famous actress.
Who's more famous?It's close, but we'll give this one to D-Wade.
6. Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
Him? The Captain, and greatest/most overrated shortstop of all-time.
Her?Si Swimsuit model and possible flavor of the month.
Who's more famous? Jeter. No doubt.
5. Derek Jeter & Hannah Davis
Him?Superstar soccer player for Real Madrid.
Her?SI Swimsuit and Victoria's Secret model.
Who's more famous?Ronaldo.
Who's prettier?Also Ronaldo.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo & Irina Shayk
Him?Center back for Barcelona and World Cup champion.
Her? International superstar pop singer.
Who's more famous? In Spain it's Piqué, but in the rest of the world it's Shakira.