Jul 10, 2018
Love + Football: Female Empowerment in a Male
Dominated Industry with Samantha Ponder
This week, I am talking to
Samantha Ponder, the Sunday NFL Countdown host on ESPN. Y’all.
She is the first female host of an NFL pregame show. She
lives in New York City with her husband Christian, whom she married
after three months of dating, and they have their third child on
the way! This episode, I talk with her about how she got to where
she is in her career, what it’s like being in a male dominated
industry, and how she navigates marriage with her husband of five
Taking A Chance and Putting in the Work
after high school graduation, Sam moved to New York to pursue her
- “I didn’t know anybody, I
had a couple credit cards with $250 maximums and some Wendy’s
coupons and I figured it out.”
credits her internship experiences as her ticket into a difficult
and intimidating industry.
single one of her ‘all of a sudden’ moments was born out of hard
work and dedication.
- Achievement doesn’t solve all of life’s
- Before she got married, she thought marriage-
someone choosing you for forever- would eliminate any insecurity.
Through her own marriage, she learned that that’s an unhealthy
pressure to put on anyone let alone her husband.
finds that insecurities allow for connection with others, and let’s
be real, nobody is perfect and even if there were such a thing, how
isolating would that be?
Woman in a Man’s World
notes that sometimes women will try to act like men in order
to work in a male dominated field, but it’s a flawed
- “We want to be empowered
and independent and strong. We want all of those things but not at
the risk of losing our ability to connect with other
notes that coaches have been warm because of her feminine ability
to connect with others.
faced with criticism, she remembers an important piece of
advice: “The only thing that
should really keep you
up at night is if something has some truth to
Love and Basketball
love story began when NFL quarterback and now-husband Christian
tweeted her! (Social media for the win!)
met for the first time in September, and got married in December.
In those few months, they were living in different states and would
only see each other one day a week.
years in, and with their third child on the way, Sam has learned a
lot about love.
notes that they were both selfish when they met.
“What I didn’t realize is so much of love is
now realizes all of the work that is necessary.
“The goal should not be comfort. Comfort is boring.
Let’s get messy. Let’s work through our
Sam has accomplished so much
already in her life, and is so very wise. Looking back, she wishes
she had slowed down a bit and appreciated the quiet moments. I am
so grateful I got to talk with this inspiring woman. I’ll leave you
with some of her advice.
“Enjoy the process,
Embrace the struggle,
Don’t be afraid to be sad.”
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