The Miami Hurricanes are looking to give back to the community as part of their "RENEWED" campaign, and they found a great way to give a season ticket holder a lasting memory on his special day.
Miami fan Pedro Lopez was set to marry his fiance, Susana, on Saturday. Little did he know, his bride-to-be had a big surprise in store for him. Actually, she didn't even know just how big the surprise would be.
Susana arranged for Sebastian the Ibis—Miami's mascot—to show up at their wedding. According to The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter, Sebastian charges $250-300 to show up for a few hours. Because it was such a special day for the couple, the Hurricanes thought they'd sweeten the deal.
Star running back Duke Johnson, who has made the second-team All-ACC in each of his first two seasons and was named the 2012 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, surprised everyone by showing up to the South Florida wedding. Not even the bride knew that Pedro's favorite player would be making an appearance.
Luckily, there is video that caught the groom's reaction:
The groom loved the surprise:
There were plenty of pictures of Johnson and Sebastian at the wedding:
Awesome night with the newly married couple. Congrats, Pedro and Susana! pic.twitter.com/chz5QJQAAA— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) June 8, 2014
Although the mascot was able to get paid for the appearance, NCAA rules prohibited Johnson from receiving any money.