A Collective List of Athletes Who Have Hit on Kate Upton

Eric NewmanCorrespondent IIIApril 18, 2013

A Collective List of Athletes Who Have Hit on Kate Upton

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    Kate loves sports and sports love Kate. Games provide Kate with entertainment and thrills. Kate adds entertainment and thrills to any game she attends. In biological terms, this is a mutualistic symbiotic relationship. 

    Now humans being opportunistic, and athletes perhaps more so than the rest of us, certain individuals strive for a more personal, intimate symbiosis with Kate. Plainly put: Athletes flirt with Kate.

    Click on to see a complete list of the athletes who have sought Upton as a clownfish to their anemone, a bee to their flower, an egret to their cow.  

Dishonorable Mention 1: Darren Rovell

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    So he's not an athlete. But his one-kneed Valentine's Day proposal sent tsunami-sized yuck waves across the Internet. 

    Rovell claims that he and Upton staged the whole thing—rejection and all. And allegedly Rovell's wife—pregnant at the time of the "indecent proposal"—thinks it's funny that people made such a big deal out of the flirtation. 

Dishonorable Mention 2: Colin Cowherd

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    And then Colin Cowherd one-upped Rovell's creepfest. The interview (listen to it here) travels farther and farther into the land of awkward and then suddenly the line went dead. Or Kate hung up to take a shower and wash off the icks.

    Like an artsy European film, you decide how it really ended.

Tyler Bozak

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    The problem with Twitter-flirting is when you crash and plummet to the ground in a flaming ball of twisted metal, the whole world knows about it. 

    Just ask Tyler Bozak. He's taken the fiery plunge a few times. There was this unanswered disaster:


    Hey @kateupton I ran out of Tabasco sauce. Do you happen to have any you can bring by? #sheshotterthantabasco

    — Tyler Bozak (@Bozie42) October 29, 2011


    Hey, at least with his second attempt, he got acknowledgement of his existence. That cushions the impact just a bit, doesn't it? 

Spike Albrecht

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    It's a simple story of boy seeks fame. Boy gets fame. Boy tweets girl.


    @kateupton hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for coming out! Hope to see you again 😉

    — spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) April 9, 2013


    Girl doesn't respond.  

Arnold Palmer

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    He may be 22,919 days older than she, but that didn't stop The King from pinning young Kate and giving her a smooch on the cheek.

    While putting a pin on a gal's lapel might seem sweet and grandfatherly, back in the day it was how guys asked a lady to "go steady."

Justin Verlander

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    Verlander and Upton had a rumored romance that became more famous for what may have happened afterward that what happened during.

Paul Bissonnette

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    Paul, doesn't hitting on THE supermodel warrant a little more creativity than a slight variation on the most hackneyed pickup line of all times? 


    Hey @kateupton. Lost all my contacts. Just send me a direct message with all your info. Thanks.

    — Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) February 26, 2012

Victor Cruz

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    Technically, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz may not qualify for this list. According to reports, it was Kate, not he, who did the flirting.

    Supposedly, she even asked Cruz to be her Valentine. Cruz, who has a daughter with his longtime girlfriend, turned her down. 

Mark Sanchez

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    "Kate and Mark sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G."

    Well,  Maybe. The two have been linked and then unlinked. Kate never said the two became Katchez, but she didn't deny it either.

    Anyway, these days Kate is not K-I-S-S-I-N-G Mark, but she is D-I-S-S-I-N-G him.

    Yes, perhaps the best evidence that the maybe-couple was once an actual couple came with this embittered-ex-esque Upton tweet after Alabama walloped Notre Dame 42-14.

    It's okay Notre Dame this happened to the Jets every week

    Kate Upton (@KateUpton) January 8, 2013

Tim Tebow

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    Disillusioned? Don't be.

    Sure, he has a halo above his head, but Tebow is still human. And Kate Upton is, after all, Kate Upton.

    An article in GQ magazine has Tebow "chatting up Kate Upton at on Oscar party."

    Guess a starting spot on the Jets' lineup wasn't the only thing Sanchez was afraid to lose to his No. 2.

Sean Avery

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    You know when a school-aged kid secretly likes a girl, but he finds out that she likes someone else, he teases her and acts like a jerk? 

    Well in early 2012, Sean Avery (then Rangers' center), tweeted this to Kate:

    "@imseanavery: @KateUpton since u couldn’t stop looking @HLundqvist30 last night now u can follow him…….#sorryhesmarried"

    Upton proved she could stand up to schoolyard bullies and leveled Avery with her tweet-back:


    @imseanavery Weren't you supposed to be focusing on a game?...at least we all agree I wasn't staring at you.

    — Kate Upton (@KateUpton) December 1, 2011


    Ka-pow! The hardest hit Avery ever took. For sure.

Rob Gronkowski

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    Did you have any doubt that the Gronk would make this list? If so, for shame ye of little faith.

    Never one to mince words, Gronk sent this tweet to Kate the day after her birthday in 2011:


    Hey @kateupton Happy Birthday!! Can I give you a B day spanky?

    — Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) June 11, 2011


    About a month later, he tweeted her a er, um, "glamour shot" of his own. Click here for the picture (not suitable for work, young children, or lovers of antique candlesticks). 

    The man is pure class. Pure class, I tell ya.