ESPN’s Samantha Ponder: on the job photos


If you are not yet familiar with ESPN college football sideline and college basketball reporter Samantha Ponder, you’re going to want to spend some quality time with this post. She became a hot search term and new media darling after working that exciting Friday night barnburner between Baylor and TCU to open the 2012 football season.

That’s right- she works on Friday nights, while you’re out getting smashed.

Update: Samantha Steele is now Samantha Ponder as she married Vikings QB Christian Ponder

She once worked through a concussion, suffered while showcasing her great ability to throw a football.

Now that she’s Samantha Ponder and not Samantha Steele, her name is a lot less James Bond girlish/porno sounding.

And as you can see from the pics below, Samantha Ponder got her sweet gig due to her journalistic chops and hard core work ethic. I’m sure it has nothing to do with her “photogenic” traits. Look Samantha Ponder and Erin Andrews. I’m surprised this pic didn’t break the internet.

Samantha Ponder is currently covering college sports

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  1. wow !

  2. I’m sorry but the broad who replaces Erin Andrews just so happens to groupie too? This is too much of a coincidence. Imagine if a dude was running around banging the female athletes that he covered….he would be fired and run outta the profession.

  3. paulmbanks says:

    oh please. she’s a 10/10

  4. Kingwoodtxnole says:

    Let’s judge this couple by their on field/camera performances and let two nice people have their private lives away from
    work to themselves.
    I followed C.P. through his career at FSU and he is a great
    person by all I’ve seen. Hard nose player who won a lot of
    games for us.
    Best of luck to them and everyone be nice!

  5. Suffered a concussion while throwing a ball? Wow. Married to Christian Ponder? As someone from MN… wow! How can you even have a conversation with that guy, he sounds like he always has a mouth guard in. I guess a perfect match, 2 people who can’t throw a football.

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