Quick facts
Birth date 25 Feb, 1988
Age 31 yrs
Occupations American football player
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place Dallas
Education Colleyville Heritage High School
Gender Male
Description American football player
Spouse Samantha Ponder[ M. 2012]

Christian Ponder, born Christian Andrew Ponder on 25th February 1988 in Dallas, Texas, has been a U.S. football quarterback. During his playing days, he was associated with Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers. He had been picked by Minnesota Vikings in 2011 NFL Draft, and played most of the games for the team during 2011 to 2013. He also played football during his college days, and had been the starting quarterback for Seminoles between 2008 and 2010.

Personal Life

Ponder, though born in Dallas, Texas, spent his early life in Grapevine, Texas. David Ponder, his father, was a football player who played in his college for Florida State during the period 1980 to 1983 as a Defensive Lineman. Ponder joined Colleyville Heritage High School, and played football there, too. He was selected in the all-district first team by The Dallas Morning News, while Scout.com declared him to be the 14th-ranked quarterback. He had had offers of scholarships from several institutions and states such as Baylor, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Lowa State, Texas Christian, and North Carolina.

He married Samantha Steele, an ESPN Reporter, on 17th December 2012. It was on Twitter that they met first when Ponder messaged her. After just two months of dating, they resolved to tie the knot. They got married at Hudson, in Wisconsin Courthouse, and offered a formal party in April the next year.

They have been blessed with two children, a daughter and a son. The daughter, born in 2014, is named Bowden Saint-Claire Ponder while the son, born in 2017, is named Robinson True. Ponder resided in Arizona till August 2017 when he shifted with his family to New York City. There is no any rumour of any extra-marital relationship or affair. He has not divorced his wife as yet, and is leading a happy personal life. He is 6’ 2” in height, and weighs 104.3 kg. He is an American national. His hair colour and eye colour are brown.


His outstanding performance during his college days resulted in his being picked for NFL in the year 2011 by Minnesota Vikings. In October 2011, he won his first victory over Carolina Panthers. In this game; he had a pass rating 102.7, and a throw of 236 yards.

Later in March 2015, he parted ways with Minnesota Vikings, and joined Oakland Raiders. After that, he signed with Tennessee Titans, and then, Philadelphia Eagles. In November 2015, he joined Denver Broncos. However in August 2016, he joined San Francisco 49ers. Presently, he has been waiting to sign a team.

He has been a successful footballer, and has shown thorough professionalism in his work. He has not been involved any professional rumour, and has steered himself clear of any controversy. He is totally dedicated to football, and he does not waver his attention in any other pursuit. As for his salary per year, the figure is staggering $800000, and as per his biography, his net worth is estimated at $6.4 million.

Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020

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