Carolina Panthers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


Ryan Kalil's Wife Natalie Kalil

Ryan Kalil's wife Natalie Kalil was once Natalie Nelson, an internet meme sensation. I'm talking about something almost no one remembers, including myself. Apparently back in 2006 while Natalie was a USC Song Bird (cheerleader), USC was playing Texas for the BCS National Championship, and Natalie exploded with an enthusiastic cheer for the wrong team after Texas made a big play, and the image was captured and photoshopped into all kinds of goofy memes. So basically Natalie Nelson was known as a super cheerleading airhead for awhile. In the picture, you can see two of the other cheerleaders looking over at Natalie like, "Uhh, no that's the wrong team, honey."

These days, Ryan Kalil's wife Natalie Kalil is simply known as "mommy," as she has birthed two kids so far. One of them is a young girl named Kenadi, and another is her younger brother Chandler. Natalie married Ryan in March of 2008, shortly after her cheering career came to an end, but it does live on unofficially whenever she watches the big guy do his thing for the Panthers. I want to add a few notable asides here about Ryan himself: 1) he worked on a football training spoof with Will Ferrell and 2) one of his hobbies includes clay-mation. Yes, you heard that correctly-- animating clay frame by painstaking frame. I think that is totally awesome. Ryan Kalil, professional football battering ram by day, clay animator by night. I wonder if he's ever clay-mated Natalie cheering for the wrong team? God, he really, really should do that at some point and then debut it at a party.

As you might have guessed, Natalie's days are packed with taking care of the kids and running errands to maintain the lovely household that the family keeps. These things take energy, dedication, and the wherewithal to realize who you are helping.


Luke Kuechly's Girlfriend Shannon Reilly

Luke Kuechly's girlfriend Shannon Reilly is the very definition of a goody-two-shoes. She has a website (or blog or whatever you want to call it) where she talks and talks and talks about becoming a good leader and good classmate and good volunteer and good doctor and on and on and on. I can tell you just about everything about this girl, for I have read a virtual memoir and autobiography thanks to her website. Never before have I seen as large a cache of information on one player wife or girlfriend. I'm serious, guys, there are like two dozen different links and essays she provides about herself here.

I think the purpose of her website was to show colleges and hospitals that she has what it takes to become a surgeon or a surgeon's assistant as she moved on to post-grad studies in medicine. Her stated goal in life was first to become a surgeon (I'm referencing her "Final Reflection" essay) but then it seems like she might have downgraded that to surgeon's assistant (referencing her "About Me" essay). This chick is like a college-goals robot. In fact, if you want to hear what a robotic interpretation of her soul sounds like, click here, highlight the essay with your cursor, then go to the browser task bar, click Edit, Speech, Start Speaking. It's sort of a surreal experience hearing Luke Kuechly's girlfriend Shannon Reilly talk about her goals and experiences through the automated voice of a machine.

No but she's seriously ambitious when it comes to being a surgeon (or surgeon's assistant). I absolutely love the photo of her latex-gloved hand holding what looks like a corpse's arm and a cross-eyed girl in the background giving a "Oh You!" look. It might be the most surreal photo of a pro athlete's girlfriend I've seen yet. It's probably not a corpse. I hope not, anyway.

I'm certain not even her star linebacker boyfriend has this much information on the web about him, and I guarantee you he hasn't provided a tenth as much himself. He had a pretty darn good year with 93 tackles, 156 combined, 2 sacks, and 4 interceptions. He's a Pro-Bowler, and he's dating a girl who has some serious career aspirations. He apparently didn't take her to Hawaii to the Pro-Bowl, and I can understand why. I wonder if her actual speaking voice resembles the Google Chrome Reader voice. That would be awesome.

02/09/15 (Updated)

Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder

UPDATE 02/09/2015: All charges stemming from the domestic violence case involving Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder have been dropped.

Back in May, Holder told police that Hardy beat her while also threatening her life during a late night argument. Hardy was originally convicted of charges, but appealed. A hearing was set to begin Monday, but prosecutors advised the judge that Holder has gone MIA. As there was no accuser to testify, the charges were dismissed.

Hardy spent much of 2014 on the Commissioner's exempt list, and is still subject to a suspension next season. With no criminal charges hanging over him, Hardy is likely to latch on to another team quickly as a free agent.

UPDATE 05/15/2014: This story continues to get more interesting.

The Charlotte Observer unearthed one interesting nugget in the protective order complained filed by Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder. The spat between the two stemmed because of Holder having a short term romance with Nelly, who happens to be a minority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. The complained said that while the couple was trying to work things out, Hardy "just snapped" while in bed together early Tuesday morning.

Hardy's 911 call said he had multiple sources to corroborate his side of the story, so this is likely to have more twists and turns before all is said and done. Keep it here for updates as they're available.

Greg Hardy's girlfriend Nicole Holder filed a restraining order against the Carolina Panters defensive end Greg Hardy following a domestic violence charge. Hardy was released on $17,000 total bond as well as the order to attend three Alcohoic's Anonymous classes per week and have no contact with Holder.

Hardy and Holder met in late 2013 while she was working as a waitress. They have been on and off since, including a brief period of living together earlier this year. After the incident, Holder filed a restraining order against Hardy, which included her side of how things transpired:

Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe.

He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons.

ESPN is also reporting that Holder alleged Hardy to have up to 30 firearms, while also alleging that he threatened to shoot her if she went to the media or reported the assault.

Both Hardy and Holder were intoxicated at the time of the incident, and each is accusing the other of being the aggressor. Hardy was released from custody after posting bond. He made no comment to the awaiting media, though his lawyer later released a statement. In a 911 call, Hardy told the operator:

We're trying to get her out of my house and she keeps running back in every time. My neighbor is outside witnessed everything. ... My manager is trying to restrain her she's trying to break free tried to hit me with her heel ... I'm literally running around. I'm inside the my apartment trying to get out but she's blocking ... she's at the door and she won't leave we've been trying to leave for an hour. I've asked her to leave a thousand times and she's hit me in the face twice. I'm trying to walk around and I can't walk through my kitchen because there's glass ... she broke glass.

Hardy later suggested that he thought Holder was on coke, but that she had definitely been drinking. He is next scheduled to appear in court on June 27.