Back in 2018, Jared Goff was asked during an interview with ESPN whether he could see himself raising a family in Los Angeles. The former Los Angeles Rams quarterback replied honestly, saying, "I need a girlfriend first."
Well, it didn't take too long for Goff to check that box off, as the 28-year-old NFL quarterback landed himself a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model girlfriend. Five years since that quote, Goff is an engaged man to a woman named Christen Harper. Let's meet the woman set to become Mrs. Goff.
Jared Goff Proposed to Christen Harper in Mexico
Jared Goff's fiancée, Christen Harper, has been with the Detroit Lions quarterback for a few years now, with the two having been rumored to be a couple for the first time in January 2019.
Harper told Fox News that they met on a dating app called Raya.
"... I swore that he messaged me first," Harper said. "But when we went and looked back, I actually sent the first message."
"So all you ladies out there, you better send the first message because you never know. You gotta shoot your shot. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
She added: "It's so funny thinking that we met on a dating app, but I feel like these days it's so common. And it's really like how you meet people. Who knows if I would've ever met him? So I'm so happy that I went on that dating app five years ago... It's so fun to see how we've grown. It's been such a fun ride - and it all started online."
Harper was in attendance during the Rams' clash with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, sporting Rams gear and cheering on her NFL star man.
The pair also appeared together at the ESPY Awards together that year, essentially confirming they were an item.
Prior to going public as a couple, Harper was spotted at the 2019 NFC Divisional playoff game between the Rams and the Cowboys, though she didn't sit with Goff's family during the outing, according to SportsGossip.
In June 2022, Goff proposed while the two were vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico.
"Can't wait for forever with you," she wrote on Instagram.
"I'm the luckiest guy in the world because I get to spend forever with you. I love you @christenharper," he wrote.
While Goff has built an impressive resume on the field, his soon-to-be-wife has done well for herself as well.
Harper Won Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year
Harper has an impressive social media following, boasting over 500,000 followers on Instagram, where she frequently posts swimsuit-clad photos, as well as pics of her and the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Harper was a trending topic after she revealed on her social media channels that she had auditioned for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. She ended up making the cut for the 2021 SI Swimsuit issue and was named SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. The 30-year-old also has a popular Facebook page, which has 3.8 million followers. Clearly, Harper is a social media superstar.
The swimsuit model is also an aspiring actress. She featured in the 2019 sci-fi film "Auggie," as well as appearing in HBO's "Hard Knocks" and an episode of HBO's "Entourage." Harper also held acting roles in films including "Seven's Eleven" and "The Obituary of Tunde Johnson."
Harper's Brother Played in the NHL
Goff isn't the only athlete Harper has close ties to. Harper has a brother, Shane, who played a brief stint in the NHL for the Florida Panthers. Shane, 34, now plays for the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. Prior to dating Jared Goff, Harper was also reported to be in a relationship with Colorado Rockies minor-leaguer Andrew Rohrbach from 2013-2015.
While some NFL fans may have had some doubts regarding Goff as a starting quarterback, one die-hard supporter definitely has never lost faith in him, and soon enough Christen's last name will match the jersey she wears.
This post was originally published on October 18, 2020.
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