People.com Celebrity Nick Lachey Loves Dating a Fellow Football Fanatic The singer says girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo's love of the game has a major perk By Kristin Harmel Published on February 1, 2009 11:20 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage 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.