It seems like it is necessary to come out with lists like this every now and then.
In a world where we are always trying to figure out what's going on with which celebrities, athletes and other public figures—why don't we check up on some of the partners for today's NFL players?
Here are the twenty hottest women who are—or are at least rumored to be—the wives and girlfriends of modern-day players in the National Football League.
Meet Janelle Winslow, wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow.
Kellen and Janelle began dating in middle school. They kept it going throughout the football star's days at the University of Miami. According to reports, they tied the knot in June of 2006 at a surprise ceremony before 20 friends and family members in their Cleveland home.
Nothing like a regular celebrity couple who doesn't cause too much gossip or break up after a few months.
Meet Brande Roderick, a Playboy model and wife of former-NFL linebacker Glenn Catrez.
Catrez played 11 seasons in the NFL, suiting up for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.
Roderick and Catrez got married in 2007 and had their first child in 2010.
I know Catrez is retired already, but I cut him some slack on this one.
Meet Hilary Rhoda, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. She is rumored to be with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez was previously reported to be together with Hayden Panettiere, who will show up later in this list.
Rhoda may be one of the distractions that continuously causes Mark Sanchez to struggle on the football field.
Meet Elisabeth Hasselbeck, television personality and wife of former-NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. Elisabeth was also a contestant on Survivor back in 2001.
The pair of Boston College graduates got married in 2002 before having a daughter in 2005, a son in 2007 and another son in 2009.
Once again, I'm cutting some slack for the retired NFL quarterback. Hey, his brother still plays, right?
Tim is currently a football analyst for ESPN.
Meet Heather Mitts, a female professional soccer player and wife of St. Louis Rams quarterback AJ Feeley.
Mitts and Feeley tied the knot in 2010 after several years of an on-and-off relationship.
This couple consists of a football player and a soccer play if you live in America.
Otherwise, it's a family of football players!
Meet Jessie James, country singer and girlfriend of Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker.
Decker has emerged this season as a solid receiver in Denver, and he is likely more than happy to let Jessie wear his Broncos jersey to perform.
Meet Hayden Panettiere, an American actress and the girlfriend of New York Jets wide receiver Scotty McKnight.
Panettiere may be best known for her role in the hit television series Heroes. She also starred in Remember the Titans at the age of 10.
I mentioned that Mark Sanchez used to date Hayden. He downgraded according to my list, but on top of that, Hayden moved on to Mark's teammate? One of his receivers, no less?
This may explain why McKnight isn't a big part of the offense.
Meet Kelsi Reich, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and girlfriend of Buffalo Bills receiver David Nelson.
During Buffalo's game against the Cowboys in November, Nelson ran up to Reich after scoring a touchdown and hugged her, giving her the football he had scored with.
Talk about a conflict of interest.
Fortunately for Reich, the Bills are fading fast and seem to be a long shot to meet Dallas in the Super Bowl.
I guess Dallas is just as unlikely to get there, anyway.
Meet Melissa Molinaro, a Canadian pop singer, actress and model. She is reportedly dating Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.
Reggie moved on from Kim Kardashian, huh? Instead of looking for someone who is completely different from his ex in every way, it looks like the former USC superstar elected to go for the identical twin.
Meet Carmela DeCesare, an American model who has made appearances for Playboy and Sports Illustrated. She is married to former NFL quarterback and current UFL quarterback Jeff Garcia.
The two got married in 2007 before having one child in each of the following three years.
Reports said that DeCesare distanced herself from Playboy once she took her vows with Garcia.
Any objections to including her here, despite the fact that Garcia hasn't been in the league for a few years?
Didn't think so.
Meet Julie Henderson, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. She has been tied to Aaron Rodgers in the past, but it is unclear whether they actually have dated.
I figure it doesn't really matter, right? Rodgers just seems to do everything the right way. I can't question his decision-making.
Meet Lacey Minchew, who was Miss Louisana in 2009. She has been linked to the backup quarterback over there in Green Bay, Matt Flynn.
This is probably the sleeper of the whole list. She doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. I don't have much official information about her, but internet gossip has linked her to Matt Flynn.
For all we know, maybe she's really just been with Rodgers the whole time.
Meet Anna Burns, a Hooters model and the girlfriend of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.
Just like her predecessor on the list, Burns does not even have a Wikipedia page. Her relationship with Welker has been publicized on internet pages since 2010.
If she can play man coverage, Welker's team could probably use her for that banged up New England defense.
Meet Kristin Cavallari, an American television personality and the girlfriend of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
It isn't totally clear the status of Cutler and Cavallari as of today. The two were once engaged, but Cutler called off the engagement in mid-July.
Hey—Cutler has played pretty well this year. Maybe Cavallari was the big distraction all along.
Cavallari is best known for her role in MTV reality series such as Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills.
Meet Gisele Bundchen, Brazilian supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Tom and Gisele tied the knot in 2009 after Brady had previously ended a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.
Bundchen was previously in a relationship with well-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The marriage between Brady and Bundchen has been highly publicized from the start. This season, the Patriots' quarterback finally broke free from his wife's reign and cut the long hair that had made him considered the "pretty boy" of the National Football League.
Maybe now he can get back to winning Super Bowls.
Meet Carrie Prejean, an American model who was Miss California and runner-up for Miss America in 2009. She is the wife of Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller.
Prejean received her share of national exposure during 2009 for her comments that marriage was meant to be between a man and a woman. It stirred a public controversy, and Prejean eventually had her Miss California crown rescinded for alleged breaches of contract.
Prejean and Boller had their wedding in 2010 before welcoming their first child, a baby girl, this past May.
Meet Jessica Burciaga, an American model and Playboy playmate. She is rumored to be linked in a romance with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore.
To be honest, the only thing keeping her from the top spot on this list is the mystery over what player, if any, she is actually involved with.
Still, Burciaga skyrocketed up the list after a little research. This is evidenced by the picture shown here, as well as the photo shown on the introductory slide.
Meet Jennifer Walcott, an American glamour model and a Playboy playmate. She is married to NFL safety Adam Archuleta.
Archuleta is a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2001 after playing college football at Arizona State University. He also played for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
Walcott was Playboy's "Playmate of the Month" for August, 2001.
The married couple had their first child together in 2008.
For what it's worth, Walcott is also a poet.
Meet Kendra Wilkinson, an American television personality and glamour model. She is married to NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett.
Baskett is currently a free agent. He last played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.
Kendra initially denied reports that she was engaged to Baskett, but later admitted that the two were planning to get married.
They got married in 2009, most fittingly, at the Playboy Mansion.
The two welcomed their first baby in December of 2009.
If Baskett signs with the Chargers for some reason, this picture will be relevant once again. I apologize if you are disappointed by its current irrelevancy.
Meet Candice Crawford, a former television reporter and Miss Missouri, 2008. She is married to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo and Crawford tied the knot in May, and just last month, Romo announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive in 2012.
Even though she is a definite candidate to be number one on this list, her ability to beat out her predecessors sealed the deal for Crawford.
Romo was previously tied to actress Jessica Simpson and country singer Carrie Underwood before finally settling down with Crawford and starting a family.
There is clearly something desirable about the former beauty queen.
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