Vikings' Ponder quietly marries ESPN reporter

The Sports Xchange
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele were married Monday in a ceremony at a courthouse in Wisconsin.
Ponder confirmed Wednesday that the couple tied the knot. They went across the border to Hudson, Wis., to keep it quiet, he said.
"We tried to limit the attention on us," Ponder said. "I know the state of Minnesota probably isn't happy about it. We're going to have a big ceremony sometime in the offseason and be able to enjoy it."
According to, Ponder said they wanted to marry before the holidays and "for some other personal reasons."
The Vikings are in the midst of a playoff fight in the NFC, but Ponder and Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said the quarterback will not be distracted in preparing for Sunday's game against Houston.
"It hasn't deterred anything from what I did with my routine that I (do) every Monday and Tuesday in here," Ponder told "I got my film work in. Obviously, it's a big deal, but it wasn't a distraction at all."
Ponder and Steele met during training camp and became closer when the two were together during ESPN's College GameDay at Florida State in September. Ponder played college ball for the Seminoles.
Ponder acknowledged in October that he was dating Steele and confirmed their engagement earlier this month.
According to, Steele tweeted Wednesday, "Twitter is so tricky. Who knew that 'she's pregnant' & "they'll be divorced soon' are just the 2012 version of 'congrats'! Thx guys! :)"

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