Christian Ponder and his wife Samantha Steele welcomed their first child into the world over the weekend. The couple took the birth of their new daughter as an opportunity to pay tribute to a Florida State legend.
According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Ponders named their little girl Bowden Saint-Claire. That’s Bowden as in Bobby Bowden, and that is indeed why Christian and Samantha chose the name.
Christian owes much of his success in life to Bowden. He was a star at Florida State and has been below average at best with the Minnesota Vikings. Had it not been for Bowden, Ponder probably would not have been drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. That means he would not have made as much money to this point and maybe he would not have even had a chance to meet his future wife.
Congratulations to Christian and Sam on the newest edition to their family.