Danny Amendola signs a modeling contract

Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo at the ESPY Awards.
Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo at the ESPY Awards. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

If he can still walk when his playing days are over, Danny Amendola has a future in the fashion business.

Citing his appealing physical appearance, personal style, work ethic, and impressive physique, Ford Models has signed Amendola to a contract, making the Patriots receiver the first-ever NFL athlete to appear on its roster. Eat your heart out, Tom Brady. The agency will assist Amendola in getting modeling and runway gigs, as well as endorsement deals.

“I’m a football player first and foremost, but fashion is something that I’m also interested in exploring right now,” Amendola told GQ. “I’m really grateful to Ford for giving me that opportunity.”


The Pats pass catcher knows a thing or two about modeling, primarily because he’s dating Olivia Culpo, the Rhode Island native who dropped out of BU after winning the Miss Universe contest. Culpo has since embarked on a successful modeling career herself.

In the days after the Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl, Amendola made his debut on the runway at designer Philipp Plein’s show during New York Fashion Week. Talking to WWD, Culpo said she told her football bae to stay focused.

“[Amendola] said, ‘Where should I look? Should I look at you?’” Culpo told WWD. “I was like ‘No, don’t look at anybody. Look straight ahead. Listen to the music. Think of a mantra that kind of resonates in your head with what you see the collection as.’’

Then, last week, Amendola got all dolled up for the ESPY Awards, working with English stylist David Thomas on an ensemble that included a three-button, brown suit by Ports 1961, a white Dolce & Gabbana shirt, skinny black Saint Laurent tie, wholecut oxfords by Scabal, and a pair of cuff links and lapel pin by Kimberly McDonald.