Being in a relationship as an athlete can be complicated. Weeks and months away from your loved one can put a strain on things. Fortunately, some athletes are lucky enough to be with those that knew them before they were stars. We take a look at five athletes that tied the knot with their high school sweethearts.
Clayton Kershaw’s Twitter
At the age of 29, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has accomplished many career goals, including appearing at the MLB All-Star Game for seven straight years. Before he became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, he was a typical teen in Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas.
This is where he met his girlfriend Ellen Melson. After dating for seven years, the couple got married in 2010. In 2015, they welcomed their daughter Cali Ann.
Clayton and Ellen are the co-founders of Kershaw Challenge, which was created back in 2011 to help children around the world through ministry.
Mario Manningham’s Instagram
Mario Manningham will forever be known for the crucial catch at Super Bowl XLVI to help give the Giants the win. Years before being drafted to the team, he was dating Tiffany Hughley, who he eventually married back in 2012.
Not much is known about their relationship, which started when they both attended Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio. In today’s society, keeping something like this low key is very hard to do. Fortunately, they have it all under control.
Lebron James’ Instagram
St. Vincent–St. Mary High School was the birthplace of Lebron James’ iconic basketball career. It was also where he met his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson.
After nine years of dating, the athlete proposed to her on his 27th birthday. The two were married in 2013, and they currently live in Los Angeles with their three kids. While Lebron is busy on the court, Savannah is busy holding down the LeBron James Family Foundation as its vice-president.
While Lebron is busy on the court, Savannah is busy holding down the LeBron James Family Foundation as its vice-president.
Joe Flacco’s Twitter
Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco got his start playing football at Audubon High School in Audubon, New Jersey. While he was busy playing sports, he started dating Dana Grady.
Through the ups and downs, she stayed by his side. The two got married in 2011. The couple have four children together. Joe had to miss the birth of his second son Daniel due to a game against the Cleveland Browns.
When it was time for his third child Francis Michael to enter the world, he knew he needed to witness his birth. The star removed himself from the 2015 Pro Bowl in order to be there for his arrival.
Anthony Martial’s Instagram
At only 21 years old, Anthony Martial has become one of the most buzzed-about soccer players in the world. In 2015, he became the highest paid teenager in soccer when he signed a deal with Manchester United.
Around the time he signed that contract, he married his longtime girlfriend Samantha. Unfortunately, he was caught cheating, and the two were divorced the following year. They have one child together.