N.Y. Giants Fan Gets Wedding Proposal Assist from Punter Steve Weatherford

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 14, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Steve Weatherford #5 of the New York Giants celebrates after the Giants won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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NFL punters are good for two things, kicking and being exceptional wingmen. 

The New York Giants blog (h/t Larry Brown Sports) reports punter and all-around good guy Steve Weatherford did a solid for a fan ready to take the big plunge with his girlfriend. 

After Sunday's practice, Weatherford came off the field and handed a ball to a fan by the name of Bryan Wheeler. 

The hand off carried with it quite the special message. Wheeler in turn handed the ball over to his lovely lady, Jacklene Murt. 

That's when she undoubtedly glanced down and saw the message, "Jacklene, will you marry me? Love, Bryan."

I hope she's a huge Giants fan, because the last thing most women want in a proposal is a sports theme.

I know we guys try to make the proposal about what we like and infuse some personality, but staying clear of sporting events and summer practices in extreme heat are usually good rules to follow. 

Then again, I could be wrong, because the answer was yes. 

Suddenly, the guy who kicks balls a few times a game for a living was useful at an NFL practice. Weatherford explains how this all went down, via The New York Giants blog. 

I don’t know if I’ll get invited to the wedding or not. It was fun. It was very flattering to be requested to do that. It was a lot of fun.

I think he contacted our community relations people and requested that the craziest guy on the team help him out. I don’t think he had to look too far down the roster…Obviously whenever you get to do something like that, it’s flattering because it makes you realize how important you are to a lot of people. The guy hopefully, cross your fingers, is only going to get married once, and I was the one to help him get engaged.

Weatherford happens to be a huge fan of marriage, going so far as to wear his wedding band while playing. The report reminds us of Weatherford wearing his ring for Lawrence Tynes' NFC Championship-clinching kick. 

Not only does the man slam punts down field and hold the ball laces out for epic game-clinchers, but he is one hell of a wingman. 


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