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Justin Smith has never been a man to garner much recognition. In a feature covering the recently-voted most underrated player in the NFL, ESPN chronicled the man who loves to shy away from the spotlight discussing life on and off the field. The dominant defensive tackle for the stout San Francisco 49er defense has come a long way in his twelve seasons in the NFL, but has always had a constant with him. Justin Smith's wife Kerri Smith has been a steady presence in his life, both during the season, and tending to their off the gridiron pursuits.
Justin and Kerri Smith own a golf course in Holts Summit, MO, near his hometown of Jefferson City. The couple keep rates reasonable to keep the course accessible to the average working stiff. Though the couple now resides in San Jose, they used to return to their course every summer, helping to tend to the facilities. Justin proudly bought Kerri a chainsaw to maintain the bushes, while he's frequently keep the greens mowed short and fast.
Justin Smith and the former Kerri Hils have been together since attending Missouri. The couple met in a gym on campus, while Kerri was a long-distance runner on the track and field team. When Justin was drafted by the Bengals, in an effort to remain close to her boyfriend, Kerri transferred to Xavier, where she ran the 800-meters, 1,500-meters and an event called the steeple chase (it's named for exactly what it sounds like). The pair were married not long after and now have two sons together, Wyatt and Rigg, and two dogs, Bear and Red. Hils remains at Xavier where, this spring, she hopes to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association track championships - which is all the more impressive considering that Xavier doesn't even have enough runners to form a track team.
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If you are anything like me, (and judging by the fact you're reading this post, it's pretty safe to assume that we have a few things in common) two things stick out right away from the photos of Jed York's wife Danielle Belluomini.
First, Jed did very well for himself by marrying Danielle. And secondly, exactly how old is Jed York and how does he own an NFL franchise? Before we tackle the second topic let's focus in on Danielle Belluomini. I would have no problem going up to her in a bar and taking a chance at getting her number. She's very cute but not unapproachably hot. Before marrying Jed she was a public school teacher and now does a lot of volunteer and charity work for both the team and in the education arena. The couple maintains a very low public profile compared to other NFL owners (yes I'm talking about you Jerry Jones!). After marrying in 2011 after a long courtship, the newlyweds honeymooned in the Florida Keys. Now don't get me wrong the Florida Keys are nice but that is the last place I would expect a couple like this to go on their honeymoon.
Now on to the more important question. How at the age of 32 is Jed York the owner of one of the most prized teams in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers? Has to be a dot-com guy, or an insane hedge fund manager right? Even that seems too early to have enough money to buy a team. To answer this question you need to go back to the glory days of Joe Montana and Steve Young. At the time Eddie DeBartolo was the owner of the 49ers. Everyone loved Eddie, including the Feds who charged Eddie with not reporting a felony. After pleading guilty Eddie was suspended by the NFL for a year. After coming back there were many legal issues that forced Eddie to give control to his sister Marie and her husband John York. After a rough stretch for the team, one that saw John York become one of the least popular owners, he turned the team over to his son Jed. Since taking ownership Jed has reshaped the image of the 49ers and been a much more fan friendly owner, though to be fair, I suppose a trip to the Super Bowl makes any owner more fan friendly,...
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UPDATE: 01/31/2013: In the biggest understatement to ever be written on this site, Colin Kaepernick has been a popular topic of conversation among commenters and emailers lately.
Between learning more about the fate of ex girlfriend Corban Fennell, and the emergence of his biological mother, we've heard a lot from the Kaepernick army. After launching this post about the rumors of his new girlfriend J. Marie Maestre, we've been inundated with conflicting information. Some are under the impression the two are together, while one astute reader pointed out that there may be another woman in the picture.
Our reader pointed out that one of Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend's from the past may not be so much the past. The reader informed us that a woman named Aurelia Houston dated Kaepernick back in his college days at Nevada, and the couple stays in touch. After reading through some of Aurelia's tweets, it's clear that she's still in regular contact with the Kaepernick family. We'll keep an eye on this to see if she winds up in NOLA celebrating or sorrowing with the rest of the Kaepernick's, and if so, we'll have our answer.
Till then,... let's just take another look at J. Marie!
Wow. While we can't say that we're surprised that Super Bowl bound QB Colin Kaepernick dumped former girlfriend Corban Fennell - but we're at least a bit surprised as to how quickly he did it. And how well he did for himself in the process. It's funny how winning can upgrade your life. Obviously Kaepernick is far more popular now than he was a few months ago, but the level of woman that he can pull in now has obviously increased immensely.
You want evidence? Check out the new woman rumored to hold the title of Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend: model J. Marie Maestre. Obviously a huge upgrade. His celebrity has actually increased hers as well, evidenced by the fact that her Twitter account was recently changed to inactive. Lucky for you, and for us, that we've got some photos from it to show off. Check 'em out and just pray that she makes an appearance at the big game in a few days.
As for J. Marie Maestre herself, here's what we know. She grew up in Concord, CA and graduated from Clayton Valley Highschool in 2006. She's a young buck born in 1986 and just turned 26. She's obvioulsy a model and currently lives in, big surprise, San Francisco. Check her our at her website officialjmarie.com.