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Love him or hate him, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a proven track record with taking on reclamation projects. His most successful example is Randy Moss, and while there have been a few swings and misses through the years, he's never been afraid to try again. After the colossal bombs Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth from 2011, Belichick entered the season without a project, but was sure to find one mid season.
Desperate for help in the pathetic excuse of a contender's secondary, Belichick called up old friend and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and asked about his troubled, and suspended, youngster: Aqib Talib. For only a fourth round pick, Aqib Talib has come to New England and helped to calm a secondary that was sure to submarine any chance of playoff success this season. His arrival (along with the emergence of rookie 7th rounder Alfonzo Dennard), allowed Devin McCourty to move to safety and allow everyone a stronger pass defense.
Talib has arrived in New England, seemingly free of any baggage that dogged his immense skills for four seasons in Tampa Bay. It also appears that Talib arrived in New England without any females in tow. While we know about a few relationships in his time in the public eye, there isn't a whole lot known about Aqib Talib's girlfriends. In 2007, Aqib Talib's girlfriend Cortney Jacobs gave birth to a a girl, and the couple's only child. Jacobs was a sprinter at the University of Kansas, where Talib also went to school.
Before his move to Tampa Bay, things fizzled out. The trail runs somewhat cold, other than a small amount of information from 2011 on Aqib Talib's girlfriend Gypsy Benitez. At the time, both Talib and Benitez brought a four year old to the relationship, which helped make the pairing more natural.
Talib remains a mystery. Has he figured it out, or is he being quiet to land the monster payday his talent alone supports? We'll keep an eye on his off the field activities, and as Pats fans here at PlayerWives, we'll definitely keep an eye on him on the field as well.
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Rob Ninkovich is quickly turning into a fan favorite in New England. He may not be a Pro Bowler quite yet, but he's becoming one of those guys you expect to see making a clutch play in a clutch moment. After dropping Mark Sanchez and the Jets for the first ever walkoff sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery under the new NFL playoff rules earlier in the year, Ninkovich's New England lore was born. While we definitely followed and appreciated him for the years prior, this brought him to a whole new level.
As we've learned time and time again on this site, a new level on the field comes a new level of interest off the field. However, that's not so much the case when it comes to Rob Ninkovich's wife Paige Ninkovich. Rob met Paige at a local bar in New Orleans during his rookie season. At the time, Ninkovich was a little known, and seldom used defensive backup in his first stint with the Saints (though he did return a couple seasons later as a long snapper). Rob clearly didn't need his celebrity status to convince the former Paige Popich to marry him, as the two stayed together through multiple teams, waivers, and injuries. The couple was married in New Orleans on June 29, 2012.
Not a ton is known about Paige, but she is a nurse that went to LSU and is originally from Gretna, LA. She has been involved in a number of charity events organized and hosted by the New England Patriots Wives & Girlfriends.
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UPDATE: 01/15/2013: It's looking pretty certain that Steven Ridley's girlfriend is not Kasey Trione. We've received a flurry of comments and emails stating that it's not true. We'll keep an eye on this as it goes forward, but for now, looks like we'll debunk this rumor.
Most times when we run with a story at PlayerWives, we have a good amount of evidence to back it up. In some cases though, we have a lead on a player's girlfriend where we just can't get to the point where we are 100% sure. We won't run with a story like this most times, because it's important to us that we are as truthful as possible. Sometimes though, especially when there is a lot of fan interest, we'll have no choice but run with the story with whatever we can compile - and a warning that we're really not positive this is true. The case of Kasey Trione, who we think is Stevan Ridley's girlfriend, is one of those situations.
So we think that Kasey Trione is Stevan Ridely's girlfriend based on some random Internet chatter that we've seen linking the two together and also a series of Tweets by Kasey Trione that seem to at least support the fact that the two know each other. Based on how Kasey Trione looks, and the fact that she is a model (and the fact that we've been able to confirm that the pair have had several private Twitter conversations), it's also not a stretch to think that there is some truth to the rumors we've read around the web. Now, we will fully admit that this is far from concrete evidence - but it's really all that is out there and we feel the need to report it for you. Kasey Trione is from San Diego, CA, and like we said, a model. She has the maximum number of friends on Facebook (something that I didn't even know was possible), so my attempts to find out more information about her in that arena were thwarted.
If anyone else knows anything that we don't - hit us up and we're happy to give you a shout out.