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Love in bloom for NFL quarterbacks

There is no way the sports year can keep up this ridiculous pace, can it? It’s been an embarrassment of riches for this column. So many jaw-dropping, off-the-field sports incidents have unfolded that we have to hold our 2011 athlete resolutions.

Today, we’ll start with the biggest development. And prepared to be floored, because if you stand up while reading this, you’re likely to kiss the pavement.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who 10 months ago was accused of sexual assault (no charges were filed, but the police reports will make your stomach churn) — and who is named in a civil lawsuit (also sexual assault, circa 2008) — is rumored to be engaged.

First, most obvious snarky, below-the-belt comment: They met in a bathroom line. (It’s
related to those police reports.)


Details are sketchy. The woman isn’t famous like his previous girlfriends (actress Missy Peregrym, golfer Natalie Gulbis), but she apparently graduated St. Francis College in 2008 and lives in Pennsylvania.

(We’re going under the impression she actually has parents, friends and Wi-Fi.)

What do you say when you bring Roethlisberger home to mom and dad? Something like, ‘He’s got two Super Bowl rings and has been accused of sexual assault twice, all in the last five years.’

Hollywood backs Pack

Sticking with the playoff theme, it seems as if an NFC quarterback may have latched on to an
actress over the holidays.

Reports out of Green Bay remain fuzzy, but all signs point to the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers dating “Gossip Girl” actress Jessica Szohr.

(We have never been ashamed to admit to watching “Gossip Girl, which is easily the best show on CW. Let’s face it, when “Monday Night Football” isn’t on, the rest of the Monday TV slate is absolute garbage.)

But back to Szohr. She randomly turned up in Wisconsin to watch the Packers-Giants game a few weeks ago — sitting in Rodgers’ private box with another head-turner, actress Ashley Greene — and then went to a Milwaukee Bucks’ game with Rodgers. It must be love!

If you’re keeping score of playoff QBs dating famous/moderately-famous women, that’s Tom Brady (Gisele), Jay Cutler (Kristin Cavallari) and now Rodgers.

The Falcons’ Matt Ryan is engaged to a former college basketball player at Boston College — does that count? Yep. The Jets’ Mark Sanchez took the year off to focus on football.

–Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular blog, The Big Lead.

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