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Who Is ESPN’s New “It Girl” Sam Ponder?

  • New "It" Girl

    Warm-blooded males everywhere were crushed when Erin Andrews left ESPN’s college football coverage for FOX in 2012 - only to be pleasantly surprised that her replacement, Sam Steele (now Sam Ponder), is a gorgeous girl-next-door with a spunky personality.

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    Just who is Sam Ponder and where did she come from? We take at her past, present and future:

    “Did you plan that Squints?” “Course I did. Been plannin it for years.” -The Sandlot

    A photo posted by Samantha Steele Ponder (@samanthaponder) on

  • Daddy's Girl

    Born in 1985, Steele grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to New York City to attend The King’s College.

    #tbt and Happy Birthday Dad… The reason I have dimples, a solid right arm & high standards for men… Love you Pops!

    A photo posted by Sam Ponder (@samanthaponder) on

  • Catching Fire

    Sam Ponder caught her first big break in college, interning in New York City for ABC’s college football studio show and being on-air talent for her school’s “Flames Television Network” while attending Liberty University in Virginia.

  • The Real World

    Ponder made an immediate splash after graduating college in 2009 when she was hired by FOX College Sports and FOX Sports Net to be a sideline reporter. Compare that to your first job out of college…

  • Howdy, Partner

    It didn’t take long for ESPN to take notice of Steele, and she was hired in 2011 by The Worldwide Leader’s Longhorn Network to cover everything from football to volleyball.

  • Say Cheese!

    Just one year later, Steele’s meteoric rise continued, as she replaced Andrews on ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Needless to say, she was an instant hit with fans.

  • Dressed to the Nines

    Now a full-blown celebrity, Ponder is now a regular on red carpets as well. Adding to her accolades, she was named one of the Top 10 Best-Dressed Sportscasters by Vanity Fair in January of 2013.

  • Love Birds

    It was love at first sight for Steele and NFL quarterback Christian Ponder when they met on the “College GameDay” set in September of 2012 for a Clemson-Florida State game in Tallahassee. By the end of the year, the two were already hitched.

  • Baby On Board

    Sam and Christian started a family together in 2014 when they had a baby girl, Bowden Sainte-Claire, named after Christian’s old head coach at Florida State, Bobby Bowden.

    Legitimately jealous of my baby’s wardrobe. #leopard

    A photo posted by Samantha Steele Ponder (@samanthaponder) on

  • No Slouch Herself

    Sam is quite the athlete herself. She played volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, basketball and track while growing up.

    All aboard the Warriors bandwagon!

    A photo posted by Samantha Steele Ponder (@samanthaponder) on

  • Glammed Up

    Ponder was looking her best at the 2013 ESPY Awards in a night gown that was Oscars-worthy. We have a feeling we will be seeing plenty more of Sam in the years to come…

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