Who Is Eric Johnson: The Future Mr. Jessica Simpson

Who exactly is Eric Johnson, the man who just made Jessica Simpson his fiancee?

Originally from Needham, Massachusetts, 31-year-old Eric has had a brief but interesting football career.

Eric attended Yale where he played wide receiver on the football team and became well-known on the field when he made the game-winning touchdown catch in the 1999 Yale-Harvard game.

Eric went on to be drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. Unfortunately, Eric’s promising career hit a few speed bumps when he was forced to miss the 2003 and 2005 seasons due to injuries.

After five years on the 49ers, Eric went on to sign a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2007. He was released from the Saints in 2008 just five months after re-singing with the team.

Eric and Jessica met in May, just four months after he filed for divorce from his wife of five years, Keri. The two quickly began a whirlwind romance which included a romantic trip to Italy to celebrate Jessica’s 30th birthday.

Shortly after meeting Jessica, Eric ditched plans to attend the prestigious Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania. Critics claimed that Eric dropped out for Jessica but a friend of the ex-NFL player told People that it “wasn’t true.”

Jessica and Eric announced their engagement over the weekend. The engagement news raised eyebrows since it came just ten days after Jessica’s ex-husband, Nick Lachey, announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo.

The engagement also came as a surprise since Jessica and Eric have only been dating for five months.

Jessica and Nick divorced in 2006 after just four years of marriage. The pair famously documented their marriage on the hit MTV reality show, The Newlyweds.

Perhaps the couple’s past relationships have helped them learn what they want in their partners. In August, Jessica gushed to People about her relationship with Eric, saying that their “easy” relationship made her “very, very happy.”

Aside from Nick, Jessica has dated Tony Romo and musician John Mayer.

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