10/20/2012 08:04 pm ET Updated Nov 09, 2012

Samantha Steele, Christian Ponder Dating: Vikings QB Confirms Relationship With ESPN Reporter

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is having himself quite the breakout 2012 in Minnesota. ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele has also stepped into the spotlight. As each has been enjoying a rise to national prominence, they have also been enjoying one another's company, apparently.

Rumors about the possible coupling sprouted in part because of Ponder's Twitter activity. Fittingly, the former Florida State star confirmed that they are dating on the social networking site.

The 24-year-old quarterback made 10 starts during an uneven rookie campaign but has really come into his own this season, leading the Vikings to a 4-2 record to open the season. He's also impressed with himself, understandably.

“There’s been a thousand articles today about it,” Ponder told reporters on Friday, via Tom Pelissero of ESPN. “You can’t really worry about it. You’ve got to try to keep it private, but that’s just part of the industry, part of the job. I don’t know. Comes with the territory.”

Based on this tweet, Steele, who can be seen on ESPN's "College Gameday" and "Thursday Night Football," hasn't been receiving feedback on the relationship as positive as that being given to Ponder.

Sounds like there might be a bit of double standard when it comes to evaluating this relationship.



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