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Christian McCaffrey’s Girlfriend Graces Cover of SI’s Swimsuit Issue
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Christian McCaffrey might not be a household name just yet. At least not in the way that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are. But that’s about to change for the Carolina Panthers running back who received a fat stack of cash after putting together one of the great all-time seasons from a running back in NFL history.

The 23-year-old, 2017 first-round draft pick out of Stanford has already accomplished so much in just three seasons playing alongside Cam Newton. “Run CMC” has already got a Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selection under his belt and became just the third player to ever tally 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

But McCaffrey’s biggest catch may be his girlfriend, former Miss Universe and Miss America Olivia Culpo.

Who is Christian McCaffrey’s Girlfriend Olivia Culpo?

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Culpo was born in Cranston, Rhode Island and won Miss Rhode Island USA in 2012 in the first pageant she had ever entered. Months later, she won 2012 Miss USA and eventually did the same in the Miss Universe pageant in December 2012.

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Of course, Culpo’s social media presence blew up following her Miss Universe win. The 27-year-old queen of Instagram currently has 4.6 million followers on the app and posts just about every waking detail of her life.

That includes her boyfriend, Christian McCaffrey. The two reportedly began dating in May 2019 and were spotted vacationing in Mexico that summer.

The power couple have since gone public with their relationship. They posted each other on Instagram during Valentine’s Day 2020. Culpo painted her nails Carolina Panthers colors in true No. 1 fan fashion to support the football player.

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McCaffrey enjoys shining the spotlight on his girlfriend, too. He congratulated her on his Instagram story for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photoshoot, a dream of hers she’s had since she was little.

She Popped Champagne When He Got Paid

Culpo has been quarantining with her sister and Christian McCaffrey’s family during the coronavirus pandemic.

When the Carolina Panthers gave McCaffrey a four-year, $64 million extension in April, making him the highest-paid running back in pro football, Culpo wasted no time celebrating.

The social media mogul worth $3 million herself popped open a bottle of champagne during a fancy dinner at home. Cheers!

Culpo’s Impressive Dating History

Olivia Culpo has quite the list of ex-boyfriends or dating buddies or whatever you want to call them, but it appears she has a thing for athletes.

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Most recently, she dated former New England Patriots wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion Danny Amendola. They spent parts of three years together but things went south when Amendola was spotted with another woman in Miami.

That break-up culminated with some nasty posts to social media, like the NFL star’s rant in which he called her “f***ed up” and disliked her Hollywood celeb lifestyle. What makes this even wilder is that Amendola posted a picture with McCaffrey’s ex-girlfriend Brooke Pettet. Talk about petty.

Tim Tebow and Culpo were reportedly an item for just a couple months in 2015. Before Tebow met his wife and another former Miss Universe winner, Demi-Leigh, he and Culpo spent time together.

Tebow gushed over the pageant winner but apparently wasn’t her speed, though. He wanted to wait until marriage and she, uh, didn’t, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Apparently she has a thing for… Christians. Get it? I’ll see myself out.

That isn’t all the names in Culpo’s ex-boyfriend folder. She dated singer Nick Jonas for some two years and was even rumored to have a fling with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte back in 2012.

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Culpo and her Stanford Cardinal alum boyfriend at least appear happy. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end the way it did between her and Amendola.


UPDATE (July 14, 2020): Gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is among the most coveted roles in modeling. Olivia Culpo finally got the call.

Joining Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock, who is the girlfriend of NBA star Kevin Love, the trio joined forces on the SI cover for the 2020 edition. While they are all on one cover together, each woman gets her own swimsuit edition cover in a ground-breaking release by the New York-based magazine.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition: 2020

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It has been a long, long wait, but the time has finally come. @katebock, @goldenbarbie and @oliviaculpo are your SI Swimsuit 2020 cover models. The trio were photographed by @yutsai88 in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bali, Indonesia, back in November. Did we mention the best part? Not only are we giving you one cover showcasing these extraordinary and empowering women together, but we also have three additional covers, one of each model individually. This marks a first for the brand: three powerful women. Four incredible covers. One groundbreaking issue. “These three women who make up the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are inherently unique but a solidarity exists among them in terms of their ambitions, goals and what they stand for,” says SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief @mj_day. #SISwim2020 is on newsstands and online Tuesday, July 21st! Head to the link in bio for more. @yutsai88 @tracymurphymua @jrugg8 @sooribali @cathaypacific #sooribali #cathaypacific

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@oliviaculpo had a powerful start to her journey with SI Swim, one that included WOMAN written across her chest in black paint. Unlike most of our rookie shoots, Culpo’s first SI Swimsuit experience took place not on a beach but in a photo studio in Brooklyn for the “In Her Own Words” feature in 2018. The narrative of IHOW was dictated by the nine women who participated in the project, as they chose a variety of words that spoke to their journeys as women. After making waves with the impactful words painted on her body, she joined us in Australia in 2019 and Bali for the 2020 issue.  Olivia has built an influential platform and garnered millions of followers on Instagram, a space that she has used as a launching pad for many successful projects. Most recently, in response to COVID-19, Culpo created MoreThanAMask. The company is a line of fashion face coverings, and 100% of the proceeds go to Feeding America. Culpo’s résumé is endless. She is an advocate, fashion designer, actress, entrepreneur—and now an SI Swimsuit cover model. “Olivia Culpo is one of the hardest working people in the industry. I have never seen her give anything less than 200% toward whatever goal she sets for herself. Her accomplishments speak to that and are vast and impressive,” Day says. “It gives me great joy to celebrate such an exemplary professional and hardworking individual whose unapologetic enthusiasm will shine from the cover of our magazine. We are excited to have Olivia represent our brand in a way that celebrates the multifaceted women who pursue their dreams and fill the pages of our issue.” #SISwim2020 is on newsstands and online Tuesday, July 21st! Head to the link in bio for more. @yutsai88 @tracymurphymua @jrugg8 @sooribali @cathaypacific #sooribali #cathaypacific

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This article was originally published April 15, 2020.

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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