Samantha Steele: ESPN reporter engaged to quarterback Christian Ponder after a few weeks of dating

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ESPN college football reporter Samantha Steele is engaged to NFL quarterback Christian Ponder after just a weeks-long courtship. Kids today, they really know how to hang in there for the long haul, don't they?

According to a report by E! Online, Ponder proposed to Steele by writing the words, "Marry Me" in Christmas lights. The couple has been dating since Oct. 2012. Their engagement was confirmed Dec. 4. Ah, young love ...

Twenty-four-year old Ponder was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings as 2011's twelfth overall pick. Steele, who is 26, is said to be inheriting  Erin Andrews' ESPN mantle. 

Christian and Samantha both have ties to Texas, with Ponder growing up in the Dallas area, and Samantha being based in Austin for coverage of the Texas Longhorns.
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