15 Sports Couples Both Past Their Prime
The sports world sure has its share of power couples. You know who I'm talking about—hot, attention-grabbing duos like Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk, Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson, and Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.
The public can't get enough of these couples and just showing up together at an event is enough to get the interwebs buzzing. Remember the absolute circus that surrounded the breakup, probable makeup and second breakup of Yankees star Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly? Crazy stuff.
Well, not all sports couples are created equal. For every Tom and Gisele there's about five Hank and Kendra's. Couples we weren't all that high on even back when they were in their prime, and wouldn't care if they dropped off the face of the planet today. In fact, in certain cases, that would be preferable.
In most of these couples, one half of the couple has experienced a much sharper decline than the other. But that doesn't even matter, they're all still out of their prime in terms of their athletic abilities, attractiveness and overall public demand.
Here are 15 sports couples who are both past their prime.
Brian Urlacher and Jenny McCarthy
There have been rumors that these two are an item, but no official confirmation from either side. Which is why I'm not including them in the official list, but I think it's fair to say this couple is past their prime if they are, in fact, a couple.
In Their Prime: Brian Urlacher was one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL and Jenny McCarthy was a Playboy Playmate turned actress/TV personality and one of the most desired women on the planet.
Now: Urlacher is a bit older, but his play on the field is still legit. McCarthy, however, is an aging sex symbol who has been leading the destructive and misguided war on vaccines for the last several years.
15. Mike Modano and Willa Ford
In Their Prime: Mike Modano was a standout star for much of his two-decades-long career in the NHL and Willa Ford was a singer, dancer, model and television host who appeared in Playboy.
Now: Modano has retired from the NHL and Ford might as well have retired—she hasn't worked regularly since 2007 and has only appeared in bit parts on television in recent years.
14. Jeff Garcia and Carmella Decesare
In Their Prime: Jeff Garcia was an undervalued journeyman quarterback who famously incurred the ire of Terrell Owens when the two played for the 49ers and Carmella DeCesare was the 2004 Playboy Playmate of the Year.
Now: Jeff and Carmella have both retired from their previous lives and have settled down to raise their three children. They haven't been seen together in public for years...or if they have, nobody has cared enough to photograph them.
13. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
In Their Prime: Lamar Odom was a contributing role player on two championship-winning L.A. Laker teams and Khloe Kardashian was lucky enough to be born into means.
Now: Lamar is the NBA's resident sad-sack who never adjusted emotionally to being traded by the Lakers and recently walked away from his contract with the Mavericks. Khloe is still Khloe.
12. Heather Mitts and A.J. Feeley
In Their Prime: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts was a member of the US women's national soccer team who had appeared in FHM, Maxim and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and A.J. Feeley was a struggling NFL quarterback who never managed to earn a starting job.
Now: Actually, things are pretty much the same for Heather—she's still hot, still talented and still playing professional soccer. And she's still with A.J. and the two married in 2010. Unfortunately, nothing has changed for him either.
11. Cole and Heidi Hamels
In Their Prime: Cole Hamels was the All-Star pitching ace of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies and Heidi Strobel was a Survivor contestant who famously took it all off for some peanut butter, a stunt which helped her land on the pages of Playboy.
Now: Cole is still performing, but he and the Phillies are definitely on the decline and Heidi has put her sexy past behind her and has settled into the life of a baseball wife and mother. The couple are involved with a number of charitable pursuits in Philly.
10. Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic
In Their Prime: Maria Sharapova was the new Russian sensation in tennis, but unlike Anna Kournikova, the No. 1 ranked Sharapova was as talented as she was beautiful, and Sasha Vujacic was a role-player with the L.A. Lakers.
Now: Sharapova is ranked No. 1 in the world, but it's been five years since her last Grand Slam win and Vujacic no longer plays in the NBA; in 2011, he signed a one-year deal with the Turkish club Anadolu Efes. The two are currently planning their wedding.
9. Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle
In Their Prime: Two-time Olympic medalist Jennie Finch was the head-turning pitcher of the U.S. national softball team whose stunning good looks landed her in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Casey Daigle was a fledgling minor league pitcher.
Now: The pair are married and Jennie has retired to focus on raising the couple's (awesomely named) sons, Ace and Diesel. Casey is now a 31-year-old pitcher who is unlikely to ever make it out of Triple-A.
8. Ingrid Vandebosch and Jeff Gordon
In Their Prime: Ingrid Vandebosch was a successful model who had appeared in magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue and Glamour and Jeff Gordon was racking up wins as NASCAR's preeminent superstar.
Now: They are married with two children. Ingrid has put her modeling days behind her and Gordon's popularity has waned, and the wins have been few and far between in recent years.
7. Tim and Elisabeth Hasselbeck
In Their Prime: Elisabeth was the perky blonde who parlayed her Survivor fame into a co-hosting gig on ABC's The View and Tim was a quarterback prospect out of Boston College whose career never quite got off the ground in the NFL.
Now: Tim has made a successful transition into broadcasting as an analyst for ESPN and the once affable Elisabeth has transitioned into a shrill and combative political crusader and co-host of one of the most painfully wretched shows on TV.
6. David and Victoria Beckham
In Their Prime: They were Posh and Becks—the greatest British export since the Beatles. Victoria was a sexy Spice Girl with a keen eye for fashion and David was the biggest soccer star in the world and so in demand that a change in hairstyle was front page news.
Now: They're just the Beckhams. Victoria is a fashionable mother of four who has (understandably) stepped back from the spotlight to focus on her family. David, meanwhile, plays for the L.A. Galaxy—but at age 36, his best days on the pitch are long behind him.
5. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
In Their Prime: Enrique Iglesias was an international singing sensation who was melting the hearts of women around the globe, and Anna Kournikova was a marginally talented tennis player who was revving the engines of men around the globe.
Now: Enrique and Anna are courtside fixtures at Miami Heat games and, outside Anna's brief stint on The Biggest Loser, I'm pretty sure neither of them has worked in years.
4. Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada
In Their Prime: Chad Ochocinco was still Chad Johnson, the over-the-top superstar receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals who managed to be both arrogant. But likable and Evelyn Lozada was younger and preferred basketball players.
Now: Ochocinco is coming off the worst season of his career and was a disappointing season-long non-factor for the New England Patriots and Lozada is planning a wedding to a man she knows is cheating on her.
3. Kris and Anna Benson
In Their Prime: Anna Benson was the hottest wife and the talk of Major League Baseball, gracing the pages of FHM, Sports Illustrated, the New Yorker and the Sporting News. And Kris Benson was a mediocre pitcher who married a stripper.
2. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
In Their Prime: Jessica Simpson was a sometimes singer donning daisy dukes as one of the stars of The Dukes of Hazzard and Eric Johnson was averaging about 400 yards receiving per season as a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers.
Now: Simpson is the world record holder for the longest pregnancy in the history of the world—three years and counting! Just kidding, I'm sure it hasn't been quite that long. The soon-to-be proud parents are planning to wed after the baby arrives, assuming it ever does.
1. Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson
In Their Prime: Even in their respective primes, neither half of this couple was really all that impressive. At their bests, Kendra Wilkinson was naked on the pages of Playboy and sharing a bed with an 85-year-old man and Hank Baskett was lucky to be catching one pass per game in the NFL.
Now: Kendra and Hank are an old married couple raising children who are occasionally on television.
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