The untold truth of the wives and girlfriends of the New England Patriots

Ever since coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the New England Patriots back in 2000, the professional football team has dominated the game. While the spotlight shines on the hardworking, driven, and athletic players who catch, punt, tackle, and score touchdowns with uncanny precision, many of the Patriots' top stars credit their success not to the organization's top brass, but to the unwavering support from their wives, fiancées, and girlfriends.

Brady says it's his wife, international supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and their stable home life that allows him to "focus a little bit more" on the field, according to an interview with Sirius XM Radio (via CBS Sports). Wide receiver Chris Hogan can't thank his wife, Ashley Boccio, enough for all the sacrifices she made for their family, all while simultaneously pursuing her own dreams in the medical field and raising their twins, a boy and a girl. These are just two of the WAGs (the acronym for wives and girlfriends) who've played major roles in a Patriots player's life, but there are many more. This is the untold truth of the wives and girlfriends of the New England Patriots.

Kyle Van Noy defended his 'smarter than smart' beauty pageant queen

You may recognize linebacker Kyle Van Noy's wife, Marissa Powell, as Miss Utah USA 2013. She competed in the Miss USA pageant in June 2013, but she didn't exactly nail the competition's Q&A session. When Powell was asked what the gender pay gap says about our society, she awkwardly answered, in part: "I think, especially the men are … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to see how to create education better." Say what?

Powell was bashed for her "wildly stupid answer" by Cosmopolitan, but there was at least one person who publicly defended her: Van Noy – the on-again, off-again boyfriend who became her husband. Van Noy — who was playing football for Brigham Young University at the time — spoke about Powell's blunder during his school's media day (via Deseret News). "When you see a friend you know very well and you know she is a 4.0 student and you know she is one of the smarter than smart and you see her fumble like that on a national scale was hard," the linebacker said.

Powell still managed to place 3rd runner-up in the pageant, and less than six months after her Miss USA snafu, Van Noy proposed. The devout Mormons wed at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2014.

David Andrews finally tackled his way out of the 'friend zone'

Georgia native David Andrews met Mackenzie Dempsey when they attended the University of Georgia. Andrews played on the football team and Dempsey — who has been cheerleading since the age of 2 — was a member of the university's cheer squad, Northwest Georgia News reports. On the couple's The Knot wedding page, Dempsey wrote that Andrews was "in the friend zone" until the fall of their junior year of college. "We started dating and David swept me off my feet and it keeps getting better," she shared. In 2015, Dempsey earned a Bachelor of Science in health promotion, and Andrews signed with the Patriots. He proposed to Dempsey in October of that same year. Guess where he popped the question? 

On the 50-yard line at Sanford Stadium — the same place Andrews played as a Georgia Bulldog and where Dempsey shook her her pom poms. Their family members and closest friends were "waiting in the stands to celebrate" when she said yes. In April 2017, they became husband and wife. Andrews tweeted: "Today I married the woman of my dreams @mackdemp26. What an amazing day."

Chris Hogan's wife is a surgeon with a grueling schedule

Chris Hogan met Ashley Boccio when they both played lacrosse at Penn State. Since then, their relationship has been driven by their competitive natures, each pushing the other to excel by any means necessary. "We have to one-up the other," Boccio told Inside LacrosseIt seems that rising to the top is something Hogan and Boccio do naturally, but they admit neither of them would be where they are if they didn't have each other. Hogan was cut from multiple teams, including the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins, before signing a "three-year, $12-million deal with the Patriots" in 2016, Inside Lacrosse reports, and Boccio was a trooper, following him cross country as he pursued his dream.

Though he earned a Super Bowl ring when the Patriots crushed the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI and another when the Patriots muscled out the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, he's not the only champ in the Hogan-Boccio household. His wife works a grueling schedule as a podiatrist, and she ends her days by taking care of their twins, Chase and Parker Hogan, the The Boston Globe reports. Hogan wants Boccio to know that her sacrifices are deeply appreciated. "I will never be able to repay what she's done for me in my career," he told the Globe. Hogan began the 2019 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers.

Nate Ebner's partner is a bikini-clad businesswoman

Nate Ebner met Chelsey Walton while attending Ohio State University, according to Busted Coverage. Walton reportedly attended Simmons College and Ohio State University and graduated from the latter with a degree in nutrition-dietetics. In July 2017, she shared an Instagram picture of a shiny engagement ring on that finger with a caption that read: "Future Mrs. Ebner." According to their The Knot profile, they set a date of May 2019. Woohoo!

But don't expect Walton to put her degree on the back burner as soon as she becomes the wife of a New England Patriots superstar. She has her own aspirations. She's the founder of Find Your Strong, a personal training and wellness company. As for her credentials, she certainly knows a thing or two about how to acquire rock-hard abs. "I currently hold two overall Bikini Championship titles in the NPC and a total of 3 first place wins," her business website reads.

Michelle Powell is a Mrs. and an MD

New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty met his wife, Michelle Powell, when they both attended Rutgers University, according to Heavy. For years, they kept things strictly platonic, since Powell was involved "in a previous long-term relationship from high school," she told MunaLuchi Bride. After McCourty was signed by the Patriots in 2010, he returned to his alma mater for "off-season training with other Rutgers NFL players," MunaLuchi Bride reported, and Powell was at the university "pursuing the later stages of medical school…" This time, their friendship turned into a full-blown relationship. 

Powell gave birth to their first child, and after acquiring the title of MD, she thanked McCourty — the man she called her "partner in crime." In July 2014, she announced on Instagram that her years of schooling had paid off. She'd been hired at the Department of Emergency Medicine in New Jersey. Okuuuuuuurt! Brains and beauty! McCourty put a ring on it in 2015 during a trip to Disney World, and they got married in 2016 in a gorgeous ceremony at the Venetian in Garfield, N.J. As of this writing, the couple has two children and appears to be happier than ever.

For Duron Harmon and his wife, it all started on MySpace

Duron Harmon and Christine Sanchez's love story began when he was a football player and she was a cheerleader at rival high schools. Sanchez was a grade above Harmon, but that didn't stop him from sliding into her MySpace DMs. "My first impression was that he was a sweet, reserved, respectful guy," she told Hello Beautiful about the New England Patriots safety. "We started from the beginning as friends with no intention of taking it any further than just prom dates, because after all, I was leaving for college that fall." Sanchez said she used her mom's car to pick Harmon up for their first date — a pit-stop at Chick-Fil-A for some ice cream, followed by an outing to the movie theater. Harmon said the flick they watched wasn't that great, but "being around her is what made everything worth it and from that time I knew I wanted to be with her."

He asked her to be his girlfriend on June 11, 2008, according to his Instagram. They tied the knot in May 2016, and as of this writing, they share three children together. The Rutgers grad said Sanchez showed him "what true loves looks like." He added, "I'm glad that I found this love so early in life."

Gisele Bundchen wants Tom Brady to retire, but he's having 'too much fun'

The sports world and fashion industry collided when Tom Brady married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen in 2009. They're raising two children, Benjamin Brady and Vivian Lake Brady, as well as Brady's son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, from a previous relationship with model Bridget Moynahan.

Though Brady is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, the New England Patriots quarterback revealed during a 2017 SiriusXM Radio interview (via CBS Sports): "If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today … I said, 'Too bad, babe, I'm having too much fun right now.'" 

Bündchen hasn't always had fun, particularly when she doesn't approve of her hubby's teammates. During the 2012 Super Bowl, Patriots receivers dropped some of Brady's passes. The team fell to the New York Giants, and after the game, Bündchen was caught on camera quipping: "My husband cannot f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times." Her snarky comment made headlines far and wide, but this power couple has obviously weathered the storm.

Camille Kostek isn't a 'fling' but has no plans to marry Gronk

It looked like Rob Gronkowski — the fun-loving party boy and famous tight end for the New England Patriots — was ready to shelve his reputation as a ladies man when he began dating Sports Illustrated Model Search winner Camille Kostek. She joined the Patriots cheerleading squad in 2013, but she told Fox News she didn't meet Gronk until after she "resigned" from the squad in 2015 to pursue a modeling career. She was spotted on "a string of outings" with Gronkowski that same year. 

Rumors about their romance have spiraled more than a football thrown during a Hail Mary pass. On Valentine's Day 2016, Gronkowski told E! News he didn't have plans, which prompted many to assume he was as single as a dollar bill. He and Kostek sort of rekindled things, but Page Six reported that she rang in New Year's Eve 2017 with American Idol winner Nick Fradiani, a guy she's also been "on-and-off with." As of this writing, the Eastern Connecticut State University graduate and Gronk are an item again, but don't expect wedding bells to ring anytime soon. "We're not just a fling," she told The Improper Bostonian in October 2018. "We definitely see a future with each other. But as of right now, there are no plans [to get married]."