Published December 28, 2016
Seattle Seahawks' DeShawn Shead sure knows how to steal the spotlight from Super Bowl winners the Denver Broncos.
After the Seahawks’ 26-20 overtime win over the Broncos, 25-year-old Shead got down on one knee and proposed to longtime girlfriend Jessica Martinez – with the help of the jumbotron.
It’s a moment that has gone viral on social media. Oh, and she said yes.
“I had no idea it would get this much attention,” Shead told The Seattle Times.
The couple had been dating since the spring of 2012, when Shead signed with the Seahawks as a free agent out of Portland State. But it wasn’t until June when the team received their Super Bowl rings that Shead started thinking about marriage and proposing.
“Just going through the ring ceremony and that whole process, I thought it would be cool because football was a big part of our relationship,” he said, adding that he chose a game against the Broncos because the Super Bowl win was against Denver. “So I figured she should get her ring against the Broncos, as well.”
Planning did not stop there. Shead had his mom, sister and two brothers in the stands as well, and convinced Martinez to invite her parents and other family living nearby – he used the excuse that it was a big game against one of his team's main rivals.
Shead also told his now fiancé that he arranged for a family photo on the field after the game – another excuse to have them surrounded by family when he popped the question.
The stadium had cleared out with the exception of Shead and his teammates. He proposed on the Seahawks logo at midfield while Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and other teammates looked on taking pictures with their phones.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the Seattle Times that the entire proposal was also a surprise to him.
“It’s really good to show the sensitive side of the Seahawks,” he said. “Romantics still live strong here in the Northwest.”