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Eight months after they started dating, Jay Cutler(notes) and reality TV personality Kristin Cavallari are engaged to be married.

People.com reports that the Chicago Bears quarterback proposed to the former star of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" during a weekend trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The ring is reportedly 5.2 carats, a number which brings to mind Cutler's quarterback rating in the NFC championship game.

[Requisite paragraph about how happy we are for the loving couple and their upcoming union.]

This is a wonderful development for the "real" Jay Cutler, not so great news for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Dude gets enough flak as it is. Throwing in a high-profile marriage to the woman who once dated a guy named Justin Bobby and stole L.C.'s boyfriend is likely to intensify that. Tom Brady(notes) can get away with marrying Gisele and having a few bad games after. Something tells me the fans won't be as forgiving with Cutler.

It's silly, of course. Unless an athlete's personal life involves reckless behavior or temporary emotional trauma, there's not much correlation between off-field distractions and on-field play. How are Cutler's quarterbacking abilities going to be different because he's getting hitched?

That being said, this is Jay Cutler we're talking about. He's not the most sympathetic figure, nor is he likely to deal well with the inevitable media onslaught after he has a bad game and reporters start acting like Kristin is Jessica Simpson incarnate.

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