Athletes Who Married Their Sweethearts From School

It’s enchanting when you find the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Some folks take decades until they discover this person. Meanwhile, others go through trial and error until they settle down with ‘the one.’ Then there are the lovebirds who saw their future since they were young. For athletes, once they become rich and are in the spotlight, women start to pop up out of the blue. These lucky stars found their love before they made it big and tied the knot. Here are the professional athletes who ended up marrying their high school sweethearts.

Philip Absolutely Adores Tiffany

LA Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers found his woman reasonably young. The man of God knew Tiffany Rivers since middle school, and that is when the romance sparked. To know who you want forever since middle school shows how serious a man is.

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The couple got married in 2001 when Tiffany was only 20. A decade and a half later the two has eight children. Rivers has multiple Pro Bowls on his resume, and hopes for a Super Bowl in the future. One thing he’s guaranteed is a bunch of grandchildren.

The Currys

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and his family are the unofficial first family of the NBA. Between his dad Dell, who played in the NBA as well, his wife Ayesha Curry, and his three lovely kids; the Curry’s are everywhere.

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Curry met Ayesha at a youth group at Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It’s funny, our parents used to make jokes about how cute we were together, but we didn’t know,” he said. The two eventually started dating when Steph went to college and married in 2011.

Jordy Nelson And His Leading Lady

Jordy Nelson and his wife Emily have known each other since before middle school. It’s a classic love tale of starting off as friends, and then it blossoms into something much more beautiful. Once in middle school, the new Oakland Raider and Emily recognized their chemistry.

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They may have started in middle school, but that doesn’t mean things were always fine and dandy. In an interview with Le Batard Show, Nelson admitted that she broke up with him in middle school, but the two got back together during their freshman year.

The Greatest Athlete Has An Equally Great Wife

It is the law of sports that whoever so wins the Olympic decathlon shall be named the greatest athlete in the world. Hence, the winner of the Olympic 100 meter dash is the fastest man. Ashton Eaton is the winner of the former title and his wife, Theisen-Eaton are a dynamic duo.

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Theisen won bronze in the heptathlon at the 2016 Olympics. They met during their time at the University of Oregon. Their training sessions must have been intense.

Chris Paul Has A Ball With Jada

Chris Paul has remained a top three point guard in the NBA for over a decade. He is the president of the National Basketball Players Association, meaning he’s in charge of the relations between player and managers. Oh, and he’s married to his college sweetheart.

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Chris Paul attended Wake Forest University, and that’s where he met his wife, Jada. The two built a stable relationship and ended up marrying in 2011. They now have two kids together.

Brees Should Have Taken It Easy At First

Drew Brees is honestly a stand-up guy. There’s nothing wrong you can say about the man. He has a strong faith, a spiral to knock you out your socks, and he’s a Super Bowl champion who gives back to his communities. He’ll be the first to tell you how he messed up with his future wife in high school.

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“I made a real fool of myself when I first met her,” the New Orleans Saints quarterback told ESPN. “It was when I was a sophomore. It was my 20th birthday, and I’d had about 17 shots and put my foot in my mouth.” He admitted that he didn’t dare to talk to her for six months before ending up at a party she would be at too.

Mariano’s Wife Sure Knows How To Choose Them

People talk about being committed, but don’t really mean it. Athletes, in particular, some of them can’t even commit to their workout diet. That’s not the case for New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera. He and his wife have been together since the two were in elementary school.

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They met in Panama and knew they didn’t need to search for love anymore. That or Clara Rivera knew what she was doing electing to remain with him until he became the person he grew to be. Either way, the loyalty is on full display with this couple.

Height Difference, No Problem For Flacco

Call Joe Flacco whatever you want, but you must call him a Super Bowl champion too. He’s also a man who isn’t concerned with significant height differences as you can tell. In 2011, he and his high school sweetheart Dana made it official.

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It was only a few years into his NFL career, but Flacco knew what he wanted. The two began dating as seniors and never slowed down. They welcomed a child the year Flacco won his Super Bowl.

Kershaw And His Wife Work Well Together

As legend has it, Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen began dating in high school. ESPN says Kershaw would ask Ellen out in between classes in the ninth grade. Eventually, their first date was doing homework at her house. Fast forward, and they’re helping save lives.

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The two got married in 2010 after a missionary trip to Africa. Together, they raised money to build an orphanage in Zambia. They had already been together seven years before the wedding.

She Chose The King

In high school, everyone in a 50-mile radius knew who LeBron James was before he even became a freshman. The media was dubbing him the next Jordan as early as high school, so there was no escaping the limelight. Chances are, James probably had a litany of high school girls who wanted him. His focus was on the game of basketball and nothing more.

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Then one day at a football game, he met his wife, Savannah Brinson. She went to the rival high school, so he didn’t see her every day at his school. She must have handed him a crown and declared him hers because they haven’t split ever since having married in 2013.