Sam Ponder Kids: Son Robinson, Daughter Bowden And Price

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American sportscaster Sam Ponder has been married to former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder for 11 years. The couple share a happy family with their three kids together.

For over a decade, Sam has been a prominent figure on ESPN who currently hosts Sunday NFL Countdown.

However, beyond her professional life, there has been public interest in her personal life, her husband, and her kids.

The Sunday NFL Countdown host often shares moments with her wholesome family.

Sunday NFL Countdown Host Sam Ponder
Sunday NFL Countdown Host Sam Ponder (Source: Instagram)

Samantha Steele Ponder, also known as Sam Ponder, born on December 11, 1985, is an American sportscaster currently working as a host of Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN.

Sam was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she attended Central High School. She later joined The King’s College in New York, where she started her career path in sports media as an intern at ESPN.

Following that, she worked as a sideline reporter for the Liberty Flames sports television network, where she became an integral part of Liberty University’s sports coverage.

The ESPN personality graduated in 2009 from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ponder was a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports, covering college basketball and football games.

In 2011, she joined ESPN’s Longhorn Network as a sideline reporter, relocating to Austin, Texas. Since then, Ponder has been at ESPN for roughly a decade-plus.

Sam Ponder Husband

Who is Christian Ponder?

Sam Ponder has been married to the former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder for 11 years since 2012.

Christian and Sam met on the field during his playing career when she was on TV. Later, they reportedly started talking after getting connected on Twitter in 2012.

Sam Ponder With Her Husband Christian Ponder
Sam Ponder With Her Husband, Christian Ponder (Source: Instagram)

In one of the interviews, Sam shared that in December of the same year, Christian proposed to Sam in Minnesota.

Finally, after two years of dating, the couple decided to tie the knot on December 17, 2012, in Hudson, Wisconsin. They have been happily married ever since.

Sam and Christian have made New York City their permanent residence.

Sam Ponder Kids: Meet Son Robinson And Daughter Bowden & Price

The ESPN personality has beautiful children, Bowden, Robinson, and Price, with her husband Christian.

The couple welcomed their first child in July 2014, a daughter, Bowden Sainte-Claire, who is nine as of now.

They call her ‘Scout’ named after Samantha’s favorite book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Later, they had a son, Robinson True (6), who was born in June 2017. They had their third child, a daughter, Price Anne-Drew, born in July 2018.

Sam Ponder With Her Three Kids
Sam Ponder With Her Three Kids (Source: Instagram)

As of now, the family enjoys a laid-back and happy lifestyle in Arizona, making occasional trips to New York City.

The famous sportscaster often shares happy moments with her family on social media.

Sam Ponder Faces Backlash

Earlier this year, in May 2023, the Sunday NFL Countdown host took to Twitter to share her thoughts about fairness in women’s sports.

Sam’s engagement in the discussion about transgender athletes generated some debate among netizens.

In her Twitter post, she expressed support for young women who felt they were displaced from sports teams to make room for transgender women. Ponder highlighted the need for fairness in girls’ sports is not an expression of hatred.

People did not take her comment well, which got her accused of ‘Biogtry.’

However, Ponder clapped back, maintaining her stance on the topic, saying, “Biology is not bigotry. Loving people does not require the absence of boundaries.

Tisha Dongol
Tisha Dongol

Tisha Dongol

Tisha Dongol is a dynamic writer with a passion for uncovering the stories that lie at the intersection of sports and society. Her articles offer readers a thought-provoking blend of insightful analysis, cultural commentary, and human interest narratives that illuminate the diverse experiences within the sporting world.


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