Bachelor's Emily Maynard Is Dating NFL Pro Jeremy Shockey

Celebrity News Oct. 5, 2011 AT 10:32AM
Bachelor's Emily Maynard Is Dating NFL Pro Jeremy Shockey Credit: Splash News Online/Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Ready to play with a big cat!

After announcing her split from Bachelor fiance Brad Womack in June, fan favorite has moved on to a new man: Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey!

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"They were set up on a blind date," a pal of the North Carolina single mom, 25, tells Us Weekly.

A mutual friend on the Panthers staff played matchmaker for the former New York Giant, 31, and the pair dined at BLT Steak in Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton hotel.

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"They've been out five times," says the pal. "Emily thinks Jeremy is nice, but she's just having fun!"

Fun is just what Maynard needs after the sad springtime end of her romance with Womack, 38. After their whirlwind courtship on the ABC smash, Maynard finally fessed up in a July 11 special: "We're not engaged anymore...I'm ready to say it," she confessed. Maynard had scrapped plans to move to Austin, Texas with her daughter Ricki, 6, in order to be with bar owner Womack.

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"I just doubted, you know, he was still gonna want to be with me," she admitted.

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