Pro Athletes Who Are Married to Country Ladies
The Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry is the latest country female to find love in the world of professional athletics. When she marries Major League Baseball player J.P. Arencibia in the summer of 2014, she’ll be the fifth artist to do so in the last six years, and two others could follow soon after. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher might be the most famous country-jock combo, but they’re certainly not the only one. Here are three other married couples, plus two more who are engaged.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
At the time, Fisher was playing for the Ottawa Senators, but the hockey player didn’t let distance keep him away from Underwood. After dating for 20 months, the two married in July 2010. They’d met in Underwood’s meet and greet line, although it wasn’t random. The singer’s bass player arranged the visit, but Underwood worried Fisher might be weird, so she insisted on a very public first meeting. Shortly after their wedding, Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators.
Sara Evans and Jay Barker
Jay Barker starred at the University of Alabama before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1995, and shuffled around the league before playing in the CFL and short-lived XFL. Even though his college resume was impressive, the quarterback never got a shot in the NFL. He was a sports radio host when he met Sara Evans in 2007. The two married, creating a household with seven kids in 2008.
Jessie James and Eric Decker
Singer Jessie James‘ husband Eric Decker had a breakout season with the Denver Broncos in 2012. The wide receiver has has been a touchdown-catching machine since leaving the University of Minnesota. His greatest catch might be James, however. After marrying in the summer of 2013, the couple premiered a reality television show on E! and then announced they were expecting. James scored a pop hit called ‘Wanted’ in 2009. Her biggest country hit is ‘Military Man’ from 2012.
Jewel and Ty Murray
Jewel may have the greatest athlete hubby of them all in Ty Murray. The bullrider is a nine-time world champion, having dominated several disciplines throughout the ’90s. The couple dated for almost a decade before marrying in August 2008, one year before both were to star on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Jewel had to pull out due to injury, but Murray placed fourth. In 2011, Ty and Jewel welcomed their first baby, a boy named Kase.
Kimberly Perry and J.P. Arencibia
Perry and Arencibia met in Feb. 2012 and dated in secret for 19 months before revealing they were engaged in October 2013. He courted her after watching the video for ‘If I Die Young.’ The Toronto Blue Jay played college baseball in Tennessee, and still makes his off-season home in Nashville. The catcher is known as a homerun hitter, with over 60 in three full seasons.
Ashley Monroe and John Danks
Ashley Monroe announced she was going to marry Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks in Sept. 2012, and did so on Oct. 24, 2013. Early in 2013, Monroe’s Pistol Annies bandmates said they were busily planning the wedding. An Austin, Texas native, Danks struggled in 2013 after an injury-shortened 2012 season. He made his Major League debut in 2007.
Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko
‘Nashville‘ star Hayden Panettiere and professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko have been on-again, off-again since 2009, but in October 2013 the actress and singer revealed they were engaged, as everyone suspected. He’s 6-feet, 6-inches tall, while Panettiere is a very petite 5-feet, 2-inches. The Ukranian-born boxer (who speaks four languages and has a PhD in Sports Science) is the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and the Ring heavyweight champion. He moved to Beverly Hills in 2004.