How famous athletes like Rob Gronkowski and D’Angelo Russell meet women online

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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Professional athletes typically don’t have much difficulty finding a date.

But social media and dating apps have made it even easier for them, according to ESPN the Magazine’s Sam Alipour.

His feature, “When athletes are left to their own digital-dating devices,” is a fascinating read that gives a good look at how athletes’ dating game has changed over the years.

For those who don’t have time to read the whole story, we put together some of the comments that show how athletes are finding women online these days.


“Swipe right on everything. Get the ball rolling…then make them laugh. Just Google ‘Tinder pickup lines.'” —Rob Gronkowski, football player for the New England Patriots

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“Twitter and Instagram are basically dating apps now…Every athlete uses them to hook up, and if they say they haven’t, they’re lying.” —Paul Bissonnette, ice-hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings


“It’s not like we need help, but social media makes women so accessible…I’ll send a comment, and if they reply, you ask for a date. It’s easy.” —DeSean Jackson, football player for the Washington Redskins


“Thirty photos can give you a pretty good idea of a person’s personality and interests.” —Bruce Cook, freestyle motocross rider

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“It might even be more organic than meeting a stranger at a bar…Now we’re planning a date over FaceTime. Social media is an awesome dating tool.” —Nick Goepper, Olympic freeskier

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“If you’re looking for girls on social media, nobody’s gonna see you out, which keeps you out of trouble.” —Willie Cauley-Stein, basketball player for the Sacramento Kings

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“They’re having lots of sex out here, and at least half are using Tinder to do it…It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.” —Unnamed minor leaguer for the San Francisco Giants

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“I’ll creep her photos, make sure she looks proper…If I’m like, ‘Damn, this chick’s hot,’ I’ll be like, ‘Cruise over and party.'” —Nyjah Huston, professional skateboarder

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“Whether they think I’m attractive or like my status, lots of girls come at me on social media — lots, lots…You have your agent reach out, see what they’re about. I can take myself out of the process.” —Le’Veon Bell, football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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“Get her on FaceTime within 36 hours.” —Jahlil Okafor, basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers

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“Tell her to send a picture of herself holding up two random fingers, and right now…Don’t give her time to find a photo from who knows where.” —Tyler Eifert, football player for the Cincinnati Bengals, on how to identify fake accounts

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“I can’t put a number on it, but there’s plenty of times that you come across something that catches your attention. If she looks good, looks the part, you send a DM and go from there.” —D’Angelo Russell, basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers

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“Tinder is better for an area you’re not familiar with, so that’s how a lot of guys meet people.” —Eric Hosmer, baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, who is now off the dating market


“I was very immature and stupid…But I learned from it too: Watch what you say on social media.” —J.R. Smith, basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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“A lot of the guys over there who are on Tinder are looking for love, and that’s hard to find in a club where people have the wrong intentions…Tinder weeds out those people. They just set up a semi-blind date with photos that aren’t too revealing. It’s working out for them.” —Terrance Knighton, football player for the New England Patriots

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“Teender? Show me…All right, what is it? A game?” —Timofey Mozgov, basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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“Social media has been good to me. I just had to figure out how to use it right…It gave me my son.” —Brandon Jennings, basketball player for the Orlando Magic

Read the full story in ESPN the Magazine here >>