7 of Our Favorite Athlete-Celebrity Couples

7 Favorite Athlete-Celebrity Couples

7 Favorite Athlete-Celebrity Couples Kate Upton and Justin Verlander at a store opening in Detroit | Loreen Sarkis/Getty Images for John Varvatos

When discussing the lives of top-tier MLB pitchers, we usually limit our focus to dominating performances on the mound or possible bids for the year’s Cy Young Award. But every so often, one of these giants of the diamond does something off the field that captures our attention and we feel the need to report on it. This is one of those times.

After Kate Upton showed up to the Met Gala sporting a monster rock on her left hand, it was reported that the supermodel-actress was officially engaged to Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander. Said Upton to E! News: “I’m really excited; he asked me right before the season started so we’ve been keeping it on the down low for quite a while. So I’m excited to finally be able to share it with the world!”

As excited as Upton was to share this news with the world, we were even more excited. Now we have a perfect opportunity to take a look at some of our favorite athlete-celebrity couples. While plenty of relationships out there fit the bill, these seven in particular, in our opinion, shine brighter than the rest.

1. Wladimir Klitschko & Hayden Panettiere

At first glance, you might be thrown off by the massive height difference between pro boxer Wladimir Klitschko and his fiancé, actress Hayden Panettiere. After all, while the former heavyweight champion of the world is 6-foot-6, his Nashville leading lady stands at around 5-foot-0. Still, we think it works. One way or another, they’re both “Heroes” in our book.

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