Former University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in April’s 2014 NFL Draft, but league executives seem more interested in his girlfriend, Lindsey Duke.
On Wednesday, Bortles appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his experience at the NFL Combine. During the interview, Patrick asked the standout quarterback to reveal the strangest question that he received from NFL executives during the event. As it turns out, he wasn’t even the question’s subject.
“Nothing was really that bad,” Bortles told Patrick. “I got a couple of girlfriend questions but besides that it was all pretty normal.” However, he did admit that a few of the questions about Duke were “awkward.”
“’If we come to town, will she be there for dinner?’ and stuff like that,” Bortles said. “They knew [about Duke] going into the meeting and I think that was kind of their angle to see how I reacted to that. It was alright. It was all stuff I had heard before.”
By now, Bortles knows to expect questions about Duke. In January, the former UCF quarterback led his team into a Fiesta Bowl matchup with the Baylor Bears—the biggest game of his college football career. But that didn’t stop ESPN from noting that Duke, a rising star in the modeling industry, was much more popular than Bortles on the Internet. At the time, a Google search revealed Duke had millions of pages dedicated to her, while Bortles had just a few hundred thousand.
Even Bortles’ coach at UCF, George O’Leary, discussed his relationship with Duke. “I would hope as a head coach that the [Google search] numbers would be reversed,” O’Leary told ESPN. But obviously you haven’t seen his girlfriend. She deserves 6 million Googles.”
Duke rose to Internet stardom in August after she appeared on the cover of aXis Magazine, Larry Brown Sports reported. Before long, her social media pages had gone viral—Duke’s Twitter account currently has over 15,000 followers, while her Instagram account has nearly 30,000 followers.
Bortles and Duke may be famous now, but expect both individuals to become household names by the end of the 2014 NFL Draft.
[h/t Larry Brown Sports]
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...