When Amar’e Stoudemire popped the question last month – with an 8.5 carat ring- to his long time girlfriend, Alexis Welch, it was a surprise for her too. Welch and Stat met in October 2002 in Phoenix during his rookie year at an after party for a Nelly concert.
“Since we were both 19, they put us in a private room in the back of the club. He was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Joe Montana jersey,” says Welch. “I’m originally from there, so we started talking about Montana when he played there.”
Their chemistry was instant — and the Florida-raised superstar fell into a comfortable relationship with the local girl, who came from a close-knit family with two sisters, an entrepreneur father and a mom who works in interior design.
The wedding will be in 2013, the couple hasn’t selected a date yet but Welch will move from the couples Florida home to New York in July.