Sam Ponder had a baby girl...named her after Bobby Bowden
- Published: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:22
- by Doug Samuels
During Bobby Bowden's final year at Florida State in 2009, a quarterback by the name of Christian Ponder completed nearly 69% of his pass attempts for over 2,700 yards while tossing 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Of course, Ponder went on be the 12th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, and further made a name for himself by marrying one of the most charismatic personalities in sports in ESPN anchor Samantha Steele.
According to Minnesota's ESPN NFL Nation reporter Ben Goessling, the two recently had their first child together, a baby girl with an interesting first name.
In other Vikings QB news: Congrats to Christian and Samantha Ponder on the recent birth of their baby girl. — Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) July 21, 2014
Christian Ponder said his little girl's name is Bowden Sainte-Claire. Yes, she's named after Bobby. — Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) July 22, 2014
The reasoning behind the name gets even deeper, as Goesling points out in his peice on Ponder he released today.
"They named their little girl Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder -- the middle name is the same as Samantha's, while the first, of course, pays homage to retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden -- and they plan to call her 'Scout,' after the young narrator of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'"
Pretty cool way to pay homage to a coach that impacted his life, and it's even cooler that he's found someone that was cool with actually doing it. Congratulations to the couple.