Samantha Ponder Net Worth

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The daughter of Cindi and Jerry Steele, Samantha grew up in her hometown with her brothers, Barron and Jerrod, where she went to Central High School, and after which she enrolled at The King’s College in New York City. It was during these years that Samantha took an interest in sports reporting, and after a chance encounter with college football researcher Ben Keeperman – also a manager with ABC Radio Sports – she landed her first internship position at the network. She then became a researcher-assistant for ABC-TV, reporting college football, which laid the basis of her net worth.

After her career took off, she transferred to Liberty University and started working as a sideline reporter for the college sports team, Liberty Flames. In 2009, she left Liberty and got herself a spot with Fox College Sports, and then Fox Sports Net, serving as a sideline reporter for Pac-10 and Big 12 college basketball and football games as well, which helped increase her net worth.

Two years after joining Fox Sports, Samantha was recruited by the ESPN’s Longhorn Network; she was appointed as a sideline reporter, and with Lowell Galindo and Kevin Dunn, became one of the stars of the newly-formed network.

Thanks to her successful work, Samantha was promoted to the ESPN channel, and since then has held a number of positions, which have significantly boosted her net worth. She was the reporter/host for both college basketball as a sideline reporter and football on ESPN, while also serving as host of the “College GameDay”, replacing Erin Andrews. Furthermore, Samantha has also contributed to ESPN’s “Thursday Night College Football” as a sideline reporter, from 2012 to 2014, which also increased her net worth. However, she is now best known for hosting the “Sunday NFL Countdown” program which started in 2017, so her net worth is no doubt still rising.

When it comes to her personal life, Samantha has been married to NFL Minnesota Vkings quarterback Christian Ponder since 2012; the couple has a daughter and a son together.

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  • Full Name: Samantha Ponder
  • Net Worth: $12.2 Million
  • Date Of Birth: December 11, 1985
  • Place Of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona USA
  • Profession: Sportscaster
  • Education: Liberty University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Christian Ponder
  • Children: Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder
  • Parents: Jerry Steele, Cindi Steele
  • Siblings: Barron Steele, Jerrod Jefferson ¨JJ¨
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  • TV Shows: BattleBots, Saturday Night Football


  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a daughter Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder in July 2014. Child’s father is her husband, Christian Ponder.


Title Year Status Character
Sunday NFL Countdown 2017 TV Series Herself – Studio Host
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship 2017 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter
2017 Rose Bowl 2017 TV Movie Herself – Sideline Reporter
2016 Fiesta Bowl 2016 TV Movie Herself – Sideline Reporter
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2016 TV Series Herself
BattleBots 2016 TV Series Herself – Host
The View 2014-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest Co-Hostess
2014 National University Holiday Bowl 2014 TV Movie Herself – Sideline Reporter
ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime 2012-2014 TV Series Herself – Sideline Reporter
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself – ESPN
2013 Chick-Fil-A Bowl 2013 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter
2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl 2013 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter
2013 Capital One Bowl 2013 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter
Xtreme College Rivals 2011 TV Series Herself – Host (2011) (as Samantha Steele)
2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 2011 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter (as Samantha Steele)
2011 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl 2011 TV Special Herself – Sideline Reporter (as Samantha Steele)