Christian Ponder played about as well any Minnesota Vikings fan could ask for on Sunday against the Lions. Ponder completed 24 for 32 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s his off the field activities that have been in the news. Ponder’s relationship with ESPN’s Sam Steele has been well documented. The two have been reportedly dating the entire season. However, after three straight bad performances, people began to wonder whether it was his girlfriend who was causing him to struggle.
Via Sports Radio Interviews: “She has nothing to do with it. We’ve been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field.”
After the Vikings win against the Lions, Ponder once again addressed his distraction of a girlfriend.
Via Minnesota Tribune: “I want to thank my girlfriend,” Ponder said after Sunday’s game. “Because she obviously has such a big impact on how I play. Which allowed me to win. So thank you.”