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Samantha Ponder

Samantha Ponder

Samantha Ponder is an American sportscaster who is well known for the replacement with Erin Andrews on College GameDay.

Samantha Ponder opened her eyes as Samantha Sainte-Claire Steele on 11th December 1985, in Phoenix, Arizona, the United States of America to the American parents. As of 2019, her age is 34 years old while her horoscope is Sagittarius. She is the daughter of Cindi Steele (mother) and Jerry Steele (father). Her father Jerry is an American coach as well as a retired basketball player.

Samantha Ponder with her mother, Cindi Steele
Caption: Samantha Ponder with her mother, Cindi Steele (Photo: Instagram)

She grew up with her two brothers, Barron Steele and Jerrod Jefferson “JJ”. Samantha holds an American nationality while she belongs to a white ethnical background. Ponder spent most of her childhood in Phoenix and currently lives in Austin, Texas.


She completed her high school education at Central High School in Phoenix. Later, she first attended The King’s College in New York City, New York.


  • At the beginning of her career, Samantha Ponder applied for a hostess job at ESPN Zone where she met a college football researcher and manager with ABC Sports Radio, Ben Keeperman.
  • Later, this incident led her to an internship at the network which led her to a researcher-assistant job with ABC-TV on the college football studio show.
  • After that, she was transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia after Bruce Carey who is Liberty’s Sr Sports Producer offered her a job as the sideline reporter for the Liberty Flames sports television network.
Samantha Ponder with her co-workers
Caption: Samantha Ponder with her co-workers (Photo: Instagram)
  • In the year 2009, she left Liberty and she worked for other networks such as Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports, and Big 12 college basketball and football games.
  • She overcomes the position of sportscaster Erin Andrews on College GameDay Saturdays at 10 AM ET on ESPN.
  • On 7th July 2011, Samantha was hired as a sideline reporter on ESPN’s Longhorn Network.
  • The newly created network’s first three talent hires were Samantha, Kevin Dunn, and Lowell Galindo.
  • She relocated to Austin, Texas,  with the Longhorn Networkafter accepting her position.

How much money does Samantha Ponder make?

Samantha Ponder has an estimated net worth of around $12.5 million as of 2019 which she earned through her career as a sportscaster. She reportedly earns around $5 million annually but it is reported that she receives around $4.9 million from ESPN.

On the other hand, her husband, Christian Ponder has an estimated net worth of around $10 million as of 2019.  Further, he receives a $4.9 million salary per year from his career. He has collected more than $12 million from his entire career earnings, playing 6 seasons in the NFL. 

House & Car Collection

Together, the couple owned a house which they bought for around $880k at Lake Minnetonka. Later, they sold the house after 1.5 years for $1.095 million. Further, the couple also has purchased a house in Phoenix, Arizona, of worth around $2.2 Million.

Her husband, Christian is very fond of cars and owns several of them such as Range Rover, Lavish Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800, and so on. His car collection is worth more than $1 million.

Who is Samantha Ponder’s Husband?

Samantha Ponder is a happily married woman. She tied the wedding knot to her long-term boyfriend, Christian Ponder on 17th December 2012, in Hudson, Wisconsin. Her husband, Christian is a former American football quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and San Francisco 49ers.

Samantha Ponder with her husband, Christian Ponder and children
Caption: Samantha Ponder with her husband, Christian Ponder, and children (Photo: Instagram)

They have three children together, two daughters and a son. Their first daughter, Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder was born in the year 2014 while their second child Robinson True on 1st June 2017. Their youngest daughter Price was born in July 2018. As of now, the entire Ponder family is living a happy and peaceful life together.

Body Measurements

Samantha Ponder stands at a tall height of 5 feet 6 inches while her weight is around 58 kg. Her body measurements are 35-25-36 inches which include her bust size, waist size, and hip size respectively. Further, Samantha’s bra size is 32C while her shoe size is 6 (US). Ponder has blonde colored hair while her eyes are blue in color.

Samantha is active on some social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter.

Facts of Samantha Ponder

Full NameSamantha Ponder
Net Worth $12.5 million
Date Of Birth11th December 1985
Age35 years 5 months
Place Of BirthPhoenix, Arizona, the United States of America
Height5 feet 6 inches
Weight58 kg
EducationCentral High School, The King's College
SpouseChristian Ponder (2012)
ChildrenBowden Sainte-Claire Ponder, Robinson True, Price
ParentsCindi Steele (mother) and Jerry Steele (father)
Siblings Barron Steele and Jerrod Jefferson "JJ"
InstagramSamantha Ponder Instagram
Star SignSagittarius

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