Nick Lachey Loves Dating a Fellow Football Fanatic

Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey

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updated 01/31/2009 AT 9:00 PM ET

originally published 02/01/2009 AT 11:20 AM ET

Unlike other guys, Nick Lachey doesn’t have to choose between sports night and date night.

I m a huge sports fan and she s a huge sports fan across the board, too, Lachey, 35, tells PEOPLE of his girlfriend of over two years, Vanessa Minnillo.

In fact, football night often becomes date night, which is a nice combo for me, says Lachey, who was in Tampa Bay Friday night hosting a kickoff party for his Super Skins Celebrity Golf Tournament, a Super Bowl charity fund-raiser he hosted with NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson. She s down to hang out and go to the game. So it s definitely something we agree on.

Also joining Lachey and Minnillo at the pre-Super Bowl party, held at Tampa s new Hula Bay lounge, were Lachey s brother Drew, and former N Sync member Chris Kirkpatrick, a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


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