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Vikings QB Christian Ponder marries ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele

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    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, right, is congratulated by teammate Kyle Rudolph after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) (The Associated Press)

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    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR TOSTITOS: From left, former NFL player Marcus Allen, sportscaster Samantha Steele and actor Eric Stonestreet joined the “Tostitos Homecoming Party Bowl” hosted at Cerritos College on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Norwalk, Calif. The Tostitos brand surprised 28 unsuspecting veterans with the ultimate football party and star-studded event that included football greats, Bobby Bowden, Marcus Allen and actor/screenwriter, Owen Wilson. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Tostitos/ AP Images) (The Associated Press)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele have tied the knot.

Ponder confirmed on Wednesday that the two were married at a courthouse in Wisconsin on Monday.

A Minnesota quarterback getting married in Wisconsin? Ponder says he knows some Vikings fans won't be happy that their quarterback decided to get married across the border, but he was just trying to keep it quiet.

He says they wanted to get married before the holidays "and for some other personal reasons" and that it will not distract him from the game against Houston on Sunday. Ponder calls it the biggest game of his career, with the Vikings chasing down a playoff berth.

Coach Leslie Frazier says he's happy for Ponder and not at all concerned about the timing.