Young quarterbacks' wives have been a subject of interest on internet blogs in recent months, but not all couples are created equal when it comes to celebrity status.
Twitter started to buzz during the Heisman Trophy ceremony when the camera panned to show Collin Klein’s wife Shalin Spani, but do not expect another social media storm like the one that came after Ryan Tannehill’s wife Lauren was introduced to the public.
The Wildcats' star quarterback was married this summer. Klein’s success this season and reports that he and Spani had their first kiss during their wedding ceremony made their relationship a subject of national interest.
But both Tannehills are likely to be in the public eye for much longer than the Kleins, and there will be no social media obsession over the Kansas State QB and his wife.
Tannehill is a first-round pick and the starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, whereas Klein projects to be a late-round draft pick and a career backup at best in the NFL. CBS Sports currently projects him to be taken in the seventh round or to go undrafted.
Klein’s collegiate career will end after the Fiesta Bowl, and it appears likely that the matchup with Oregon will be the peak of his stardom.
While Klein’s skill set and devout commitment to his faith have sparked comparisons to Tim Tebow, the Kansas State signal-caller has nowhere near that sort of star power. Tebow has always been captivating at press conferences and outspoken about his beliefs, in addition to having one of the most impressive résumés of any college football player in history. When it comes to popularity, Klein is nowhere near Tebow.
As for Klein’s wife, Spani has professed no interest in becoming a celebrity. In contrast, Lauren Tannehill is an aspiring model whose career very much involves staying in the public’s conscience.
Both Tannehill and his wife are in positions to entrench themselves as celebrities in their respective fields. Klein’s star is fading, and his wife does not appear to have been charmed at all by the notion of becoming a household name.
For better or worse, the Kleins are likely to be heard from sparingly once this college football season ends.