In another sign of just how interconnected the worlds of sports and entertainment have become, E! announced this week that Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and his fiancee, country star Jessie James, will be featured in their own reality show.
Decker follows in the footsteps of several other pro athletes who've parlayed their fame and/or significant other into a role on the small screen. JaVale McGee, Lamar Odom, Kris Humphries and Ryan Lochte have each starred in reality shows in recent years.
What separates Decker from this bunch is that, while he has loads of potential, he doesn't exactly have the outsize personality (or lack thereof) of McGee or Lochte. Still, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Whereas Odom and Humphries struggled on the court shortly after their shows debuted, Denver executives are confident that Decker won't be distracted by the cameras.
"He came in and talked to me the other day about it, so I gave him [my] blessing," Broncos executive vice president John Elway told reporters. "To each his own. I don’t think that’s going to affect him. I know Eric Decker and how hard he works and what football means to him."
Nothing will deter me from my football career. I have priorities & I have the same common goal as my teammates to win championships!
— Eric Decker (@EricDecker87) April 22, 2013
The show, which will be called "Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie," is set to debut in this summer. Here's a snippet from the release:
"The series will chronicle the sexy young couple's road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red-hot attraction for each other."
With the recent announcements of Decker's and McGee's new programs, we can't help but wonder how much longer we'll have to wait until the mother of all pro sports reality shows makes its debut. We're talking, of course, about the Gronkowski family reality show.