Samantha Steele is the neighborhood girl who played football and got dirty and may have smelled that one time. She's also the girl you instantly regret having picked on when you run into her some years later in the supermarket. Maybe it's that aw-shucks just-happy-to-be-here attitude that helps her stand above the mountain of blondes ESPN has trotted out since Erin Andrews left, or maybe it's that Steele still seems willing to join a game of football in the park. Whatever it is, American men seem to like it. And we're sure she smells lovely now.
Steele spent the weekend sleeping after she finished her first season on ESPN's College Gameday, but she roused herself earlier this week to talk to us about her dream gig, her new NFL fiancé, and her rocket-throwing arm.