Olympic gymnast Simone Biles knows how to pick ’em! The elite athlete started dating NFL star Jonathan Owens in August 2020, just five months after her split from her boyfriend and fellow gymnast, Stacey Ervin Jr., after nearly three years together.
The Houston Texans player, 25, makes frequent appearances in cute couple photos via his girlfriend’s Instagram page. Recently, he gave the gymnastic star and the rest of Team USA a shout-out amid their silver medal win at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I’m so proud of y’all,” the football player gushed in the comments section on Simone’s Instagram photo of the team on Tuesday, July 27.
It’s clear he and the starlet are head over heels for one another, but what do we really know about him? Keep scrolling to find out.
Jonathan Has Been Playing Football Since High School
The athlete is from St. Louis and played college at his high school, Christian Brothers College, in Missouri. He continued his football career in college at Missouri Western State University.
He signed to the NFL in 2018 when he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals — but he remained on the injured reserve list during his first year due to a knee injury. He was released from the team in August 2019. Less than a month later, the Houston Texans signed him to their practice squad. In January 2020, the team signed him as a reserve/future contracts player.
Jonathan Is Close With His Family
The footballer often posts Instagram photos and videos with his mom and his older sister. He even credited his sibling with getting him into football in the first place. “Happy birthday, sis! Who knows where I’d be if you didn’t force me to start playing football,” he previously wrote in a birthday tribute via the platform. “It’s crazy how close we are even though we 11 years apart, imma keep making you proud! Love you, sis.”
Jonathan Has an Instagram for His Dog
The Missourian is the proud owner of Zeus, who has a solid 1,400 followers on Instagram — and it’s no surprise because he is the “most energetic English Bulldog you’ve ever met,” according to his Instagram bio.
Jonathan Didn’t Know Simone Was Famous When They Met
“Her work ethic was really the first thing that caught my eye,” the dog dad revealed during the third episode of Simone’s Facebook Watch series, Simone vs. Herself. “I never really watched gymnastics before I first started talking to her. When I met her, I honestly didn’t know who she was.”
He added, “It was just like, ‘Oh, she has a lot of followers — she must be pretty good or something. That’s how I would tell people and they’d be like: ‘Simone Biles?! You for real, the gymnast?!’ And I’m like ‘Man, she’s good like that?!'”