49ers’ Sam Darnold’s Girlfriend After Break Up From Claire Kirksey

By AustinPublished on: January 22, 2024 Updated on: February 11, 2024
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The San Francisco 49ers quarterback Samuel Richard Darnold, also known as Sam Darnold, has made a name for himself in his short but accomplished career. Shining through his skills on the field, the attention often shifts to his personal life, especially his romantic life. Sam’s secretive nature regarding his love life has only further piqued his fans’ curiosity about his girlfriend and the nature of their relationship.

So, if you are one of those longing to learn more about his love interest, you have come to the right place. Let’s not waste any time and get right into it.

Who Is Sam Darnold Is Dating In 2024?

While Sam is not married, he is in a relationship. Despite Darnold’s efforts to keep it low-key, we have discovered that the football star is currently dating Katie Hoofnagle. Notorious for his private nature, Sam has not posted anything about his relationship.

Sam Darnold is in a realtionship with Katie Hoofnagle
Footballer Sam Darnold is dating Katie.

However, the same can not be said about his girlfriend, as she is candid about their relationship and posts a lot of pictures of the duo. Their romance was made public when she posted several photos of them together on April 11, 2023.

Since then, Darnold has been a consistent presence in her feed.

Katie Avidly Displays Her Love On Social Media

Katie gives people a glimpse of their relationship from her social media handle. It’s not clear when the couple started dating, but it came to light in early 2023.

On June 5, 2023, Hoofnagle posted a series of photos of her and her beau wishing him a birthday. Alongside the photo, she wrote “Your huge heart, goofy energy, and ability to quote every movie you’ve ever seen are unmatched. Happy 26th birthday, celebrating you is so easy!” in the caption.

Besides, Katie attends almost all of his games and also shares her photos with her partner, and other friends and family. As for the athlete, although he doesn’t show affection through his socials, he spends time with his lovely partner and her friends when he is not playing or practicing.

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As we said earlier, Darnold doesn’t share anything about his relationship with Katie himself, however, we’ve found him passing comments on her posts sometimes.

Will The Couple Tie The Knot Anytime Soon?

Although they are madly in love, their wedding seems far right now. The lovebirds are still young, and the football star is making waves in his career with sheer determination.

In addition, the athlete has not even made his relationship public on Instagram. So, when the two are ready to settle down, they will do so. For now, they are cherishing their relationship and every time they spend together.

Who Is Sam Darnold’s Girlfriend, Katie Holfnagle?

Darnold’s sweetheart, Katie was born on December 4, 1997, and is 26 years old as of 2024. Hoofanagle is close to her father, Kurt, and has two siblings, Brett and Lauren. Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina her childhood was cheerful, surrounded by her family. She had a lot of friends growing up and still does.

Much like her athlete boyfriend, Katie was also interested in sports from an early age. She gave life to her passion in college.

She Played Soccer In College

The beautiful lady attended the University of South Carolina from 2016 to 2020, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in marketing and minoring in nutrition and food systems.

In addition, she also completed a semester at Florence University of Arts as a part of her abroad experience, where she focused on nutrition.

Moreover, Hoofnagle was on the University of South Carolina Women’s Club soccer team. Joining the team in January 2017, she used to practice three days a week and participated in games on the weekends. According to her LinkedIn, Katie is still on the team.

Sam Darnold's girlfriend Katie Hoofnagle played soccer in college
Sam’s girlfriend Katie played soccer in college.

Furthermore, Sam’s girlfriend’s academics are equally commendable. considering she was on the Dean’s List.

Hoofnagle Is A Loan Officer

Katie has been working at Loan Pronto. Joining the company as a loan officer assistant in August 2020, she quickly rose through the ranks. She became an account manager in less than a year, and after two years, in June 2023, she became a mortgage loan officer.

Before that, Katie was a retail associate at Augusta National Golf Club from March 2021 to April 2021. Hoofnagle also served as the U101 Peer Leader for the fall semester of 2019 at her university.

Similarly, she was also the wholesale content marketing and strategy intern at Wells Fargo for three months, starting from June to August 2019. Darnold’s lover was also the social media director at Chi Omega Fraternity Eta Gamma Chapter for a year.

Furthermore, she was also a sales associate at Anthropologie from May 2018 to August 2018. All of these experiences have heavily contributed to her becoming a mortgage loan officer at Loan Pronto.

Darnold Previously Dated Claire Kirksey

Given his charms and good looks, the NFL star may have had many partners in the past. There is one relationship that still stands out, and it is with his former love, Claire Kirksey.

The two met in the fall of 2016. The ex-couple still has pictures of one another on their Instagram profiles.

Sam Darnold with his ex-girlfriend Claire Kirksey
Sam and his ex-girlfriend Claire. They dated a couple of years before parting ways

However, they did not last long. The last time they were seen together was at a concert in October 2018. The football star dated Kirksey for over a year. They broke up soon after Darnold was drafted into the NFL.

In the meantime, it is not only Darnold who has moved on. Claire, now a real estate agent, is currently in a relationship with Liam McCloskey, a former collegiate swimmer and presently a product specialist.