But Eric’s profile grew considerably thanks to events off the field. He first began making the gossip pages in 2011 when he stepped out with country singer Jessie James. The pair struck an instant connection after being introduced to each other by one of Jessie’s friends, and just a year later the pair announced their engagement.
The pair couldn’t stop gushing about each other from that moment on. Jessie told the media, “Eric is a great man. He is my soul mate. We feel so fortunate to have found each other.” Eric responded in kind, saying, “It’s truly a blessing to find my soul mate and best friend. I am excited to spend my life with her.”