Strange facts about Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll's marriage

Sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews and former NHL star Jarret Stoll have settled quite nicely into married life, but the road to get there had enough drama for a Netflix series. From a cancer diagnosis to a felony drug arrest, let's take a look at the stranger things that almost put this sports couple's relationship in the penalty box for good. 

Knowing Michael Strahan didn't help

Three years after his cancelled 2009 wedding to model Rachel Hunter, Jarret Stoll was very single and very ready to mingle. With his sights set on Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, he did the only thing he knew to do: "At the 2012 World Series, two-time Stanley Cup winner Jarret Stoll sent a text to his friend, NFL alum and morning TV host Michael Strahan," reported Harper's Bazaar. "It read: 'Can you set me up with Erin Andrews?' One text lead to another. Strahan texted Erin, 'My friend Jarret Stoll wants to take you to dinner.'" 

Cool, right? Wrong. Andrews wasn't interested because she didn't want to be bothered at work.

Polite persistence sometimes pays off, so Stoll decided to take matters into his own hands. According to Harper's Bazaar: "It was at the Tigers/Giants game in San Francisco that Jarret figured he'd try to make a move in person, walking past two security guards and bending over a railing to get to the dugout that Erin was reporting from. Impressed by his sly ability to trick security just to be able to introduce himself, Erin decided to give him a chance. After the World Series, the two went to dinner in Hollywood."

They've been together ever since. Thanks for nothing, Strahan!

Disneyland and an almost botched proposal

If you're planning an elaborate marriage proposal, it might go a lot smoother if the person you plan to propose to isn't a reporter by trade — someone who makes a living by being highly aware of their surroundings and piecing together information. 

During a 2016 Christmas visit to Disneyland with Andrews, Stoll decided the happiest place on Earth (specifically, the exclusive Club 33 restaurant) would be the perfect place to put a ring on it — a ring he had carefully hidden in his jacket. However, he didn't count on his girlfriend wanting to enjoy some rides before the meal. Stoll's idea of a storybook proposal got off to a rocky start.

"He hid the ring in his jacket pocket, and didn't realize that certain rides would result in a few close calls of Erin just missing the ring box as she grabbed for his jacket during some of the rides' twists and turns," reported Harper's Bazaar. "When they arrived to Club 33 and ordered dinner and drinks, Jarret could not seem to sit still — he was running off to coordinate his proposal with the wait staff, even getting himself kicked out of the kitchen by the head chef in an attempt to make sure the proposal was perfect."

Eventually, despite a few close calls, the question was popped as planned and Andrews was actually surprised. "We drank champagne, took pictures … and cried," she said. Awww. 

The stalking case tested their relationship

In 2008, insurance executive Michael David Barrett reportedly stalked Andrews at multiple hotels and recorded videos of her in various stages of undress through hotel room peepholes. According to ESPN, Barrett was sentenced to 27 months in prison and "ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution" in 2010. Andrews tearfully asked the judge for a harsher sentence, stating "thirty months isn't enough." In 2016, Andrews was awarded $55 million in a civil suit against Barrett and one of the hotels were Barrett shot his terrible footage.

During the second day of her testimony in the civil trial, Andrews cried while explaining how the violation she suffered almost destroyed her relationship with Stoll. "He didn't know me before this happened," Andrews said on the stand (via TMZ). "I think he would've loved the girl more that was there before this happened, and I feel very guilty about that."

A health scare and frozen embryos

Less than a year after the civil trial, Andrews and Stoll were once again faced with a life-changing obstacle when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016. Andrews made the choice to keep her condition a secret due to gender perceptions in her male-centric workplace. 

"Working with a bunch of men, I didn't wanna be like, 'Sooo, they think I have cervical cancer," and they'd be like, 'Where's your cervix?'" she stated in a January 2017 interview with Health. "But I'd also come off this huge trial that was kind of the focus of the summer, and I don't want to be the girl that always has the problems at the table — 'And now I have cancer!' I also think that I didn't want to believe it was that big a deal, so we kept it quiet. But the wait was horrible." 

If there was a silver lining, it came in the form of Andrew and Stoll's relationship, which grew stronger because of her battle. 

"If anything, it was a huge step for my relationship with my boyfriend at the time. Because you don't know if a guy is going to want to sit in with an oncologist and see, 'OK, so this is your cervix, and this is your uterus, and we are cutting out this part…' We hadn't even been discussing marriage. We hadn't discussed babies!" she told Health. "'It really puts things on the fast track for you — because you have an oncologist saying to you, 'We highly recommend that you guys do your embryos right now, freeze them.' I'm like, 'Hi, hon. I love you. I hope we're spending  our lives together.' And he was amazing."

Vegas, a drug arrest, and live TV

As we've learned, Stoll doesn't have the greatest track record for hiding things in his clothing, and that was the case again in Las Vegas when the former NHL star attempted to "smuggle an 8-ball of cocaine and 8 grams of Molly into a Vegas pool party … by hiding them in his board shorts." According to TMZ Sports, on the very cliche date of April 20, 2015, Stoll was busted around 4:30 p.m. "going through the security area — that EVERYONE goes through — on the way in to the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand." This all happened despite signs stating entrants would be fully patted down. Admitting the drugs were his, Stoll was arrested and released on $5,000 bond.

Although, this didn't cause Stoll and Andrews to break up, she did make her thoughts known the very next night during Dancing with the Stars. Per TMZ Sports, while interviewing contestant Willow Shields, Andrews asked if "she ever busted out similar moves on Spring Break." Shields replied, "I just sit at home and watch movies all week." That's when Andrews detonated a passive aggressive comment allegedly aimed at her beau. "There's nothing wrong with that," Andrews quipped. "I feel like some other people should learn from you.”

Stoll was ordered to complete 32 hours of community service, but we assume his apology to Andrews took much longer. 

Twitter trolls

Although Andrews stood my her man, she fell victim to a revenge tweet two years in the making. 

During the 2012 and 2013 college men's basketball seasons, brash Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson gained national attention by bringing the program to sports relevance and … openly mocking his opponents after a win. This, of course, didn't sit well some people, and when Henderson was suspended for failing a drug test, Andrews had something to say about it on Twitter.  "He mocking anyone now?" she tweeted

A mere two hours later, Henderson shot back in a since-deleted tweet: "ima save that and you will be the first person ill mock." True to his word, Henderson sat on this public slight for almost two years until April, 20, 2015 when, you guessed it, Stoll was arrested for drug possession. Henderson got his Twitter revenge that very same day. "@ErinAndrews …. lol wassup with your boyfriend?!," he tweeted

Andrews never replied, which was probably for the best.

Money moves

There's a whole reality television sub-genre about the wives of professional athletes, but Andrews is certainly no stereotypical housewife in her relationship with her sports star husband. In fact, she makes substantially more than "Mr. Andrews." 

After stints with ESPN and Good Morning America, she became a sideline reporter for FOX NFL and host of Dancing With the Stars, which according to Celebrity Net Worth, brings her net worth to an estimated $20 million. 

Stoll, on the other hand, hasn't done much since his illustrious 12-year career in the NHL came to an end in 2016. The two-time Stanley Cup winner has a net worth of about $16 million and keeps busy with a part-time gig on the Los Angeles Kings' development staff. 

Just to be clear, we're not interested in passing any kind of judgement on breadwinners and homemakers and relationship dynamics. Besides, being a househusband to Andrews doesn't sound like a bad gig at all.