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Football WAGs—wives and girlfriends—are the best part of the NFL. Sure, the games are fun to watch, but the hottest WAGs draw our attention away from the field and to the stands — er, luxury boxes — where these ladies can sometimes be seen watching their men in action. What follows are the top 20 football WAGs, the unsung heroes of the NFL, if you ask us. Take a look at the list and let us know if we left any out.

JESSIE JAMES

Who’s she’s with: Engaged to Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker

Why she’s hot: James isn’t just a brunette stunner. She’s a talented country-pop singer and songwriter signed to Mercury Records.

GISELE BUNDCHEN

Who she’s with: Married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Why she’s hot: Never mind that her husband is possibly the most famous man in the game. This Brazilian actress and supermodel has earned more than $250 million over the course of her career. When the check comes, she’s reaching for it.

ANNA BURNS

Who she’s with: Married to New England Patriots wide receiver Wesley Welker

Why she’s hot: Burns was Miss Hooters International 2005, so in addition to being gorgeous, she can probably score Wes free wings at restaurants across the country.

EVA LONGORIA

Who she’s with: Dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez

Why she’s hot: How sweet would it be to date one of the Desperate Housewives? Plus, as of 2011, the Texas-born hottie was pulling down $13 million per year, according to Forbes.

KIM ZOLCIAK

Who she’s with: Married to Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann

Why she’s hot: This blonde bombshell is a reality star—you’ve probably seen her on The Real Housewives of Atlanta—and an aspiring singer. Her debut single was called “Tardy for the Party,” and if you like Lady Gaga-style dance-pop, it’s halfway decent.

ALICIA SACAMORE

Who she’s with: Dating Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn

Why she’s hot: She’s a gymnast. It’s like Kramer told Jerry on an episode of Seinfeld: “That sex will melt your face!”

LAUREN TANNEHILL

Who she’s with: Married to Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill

Why she’s hot: When she showed up at the 2012 NFL Draft in a stunning red dress, she managed to steal the spotlight from her hubby, even though he became the first QB drafted by the Fins in the first round since legend Dan Marino. Ten minutes after Ryan had been selected, some 800 salivating football fans had tweeted about her.

CARRIE PREJEAN

Who she’s with: Married to retired quarterback Kyle Boller

Why she’s hot: No longer an official WAG, on account of her husband’s decision to retire in 2012, Carrie gets points for speaking her mind—even if doing so made her a lightning rod for controversy. In 2009, while answering the final question in the Miss USA pageant, this California cutie said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

JANELLE WINSLOW

Who she’s with: Married to New England Patriots tight end Kellen Winslow 

Why she’s hot: One word: loyalty. Janelle met Kellen in middle school, and the two began dating in high school. They married in 2006 and have been going strong ever since.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI

Who she’s with: Engaged to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

Why she’s hot: Although she got her start on the reality show Laguna Beach, she’s gone on to appear on such shows as CSI: NY and Cane. Plus, she’s a do-gooder who’s supported such causes as AIDS research and PETA.

LACEY MINCHEW

Who she’s with: Dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn 

Why she’s hot: Lacey was Miss Louisiana 2009, and while she’s mostly appeared in TV movies, she’s put together a decent acting career. Next up, according to IMDB.com, Robosapien: Rebooted. Do we smell Osar? Maybe not.

OCTOBER GONZALEZ

Who she’s with:Married to Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez

Why she’s hot: She, like Tony, puts her body where her beliefs are. Back in 2009, she and her hubby posed naked for a PETA ad, declaring, “We’d rather go naked than wear fur.” We applaud her decision.

KENDRA WILKINSON

Who she’s with: Married to free agent wide receiver Hank Baskett

Why she’s hot: She’s technically no longer a WAG, since Baskett is not currently in the league, but the fact that Wilkinson was once one of the three lovely ladies dating Playboy impresario Hugh Hefner on The Girls Next Door means she gets a free pass.

EVELYN LOZADA

Who she’s with: Ex-wife of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco

Why she’s hot: She foxy enough to charm dudes in two sports. Prior to getting with Ochocinco, she was engaged to NBA star Antoine Walker. Hence her appearance on Basketball Wives.

KELSI REICH

Who she’s with: Engaged to Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson

Why she’s hot: She’s a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader—need we say more? This couple would have been doomed in the 90′s, when the Boys and Bill faced off in back-to-back Super Bowls.

SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS

Who she’s with: Married to Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross

Why she’s hot: Richards-Ross is an athlete in her own right—an Olympic sprinter who’s captured four gold medals and one bronze. The couple that runs together stays together.

CANDICE CRAWFORD

Who she’s with: Married to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

Why she’s hot: More than just a pretty face, the former Miss Missouri studied business and journalism and covered the Cowboys for a local Dallas TV Show.

HEATHER MITTS

Who she’s with: Married to St. Louis Rams quarterback A.J. Feeley

Why she’s hot: This soccer star has won three gold medals with Team USA, and in 2001, Playboy Online voted her the sexist player in the Women’s United Soccer Association.

ELAINA WATLEY

Who she’s with: Engaged to New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz

Why she’s hot: When asked who would play his lady in a film adaptation of his memoir, Out of the Blue, Cruz picked easy-on-the-eyes actress Zoe Saldana. Hard to argue with his choice.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE

Who she’s with: Dating Free agent wide receiver Scotty McKnight

Why she’s hot: The singer, model and actress has appeared in such films as Scream 4 and Remember the Titans, but it was her turn on the series Heroes—where she played a cheerleader, naturally—that made her a sex symbol. Now if she could just find her boyfriend a job.

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