Greg Jones won himself a ring, then put one on his soulmate's finger.
Amid the on-field revelry and confetti wafting through the air at Lucas Oil Stadium, the New York Giants linebacker dropped on one knee and proposed to his college sweetheart, Mandy Piechowski.
Beat Patriots, win Super Bowl XLVI (as a rookie, no less), get engaged. This was a heck of a Sunday for the former Big-10 star from Michigan State. There's just something so special about an on field proposal, especially when Chris Meyers isn't there to ruin it. ESPN.com was there for all the romantic details:
Piechowski had no idea what was coming.
"He pulls out a box and I am still not comprehending what he was about to do," she said. "First thing I thought of was their ring and that doesn't make sense. Then he opens it."
"We had talked about wanting to get married next year possibly but in terms of this happening last night, no not at all. I didn't know he had a ring."
Jones got down on one knee on the field and said, "Amanda Piechowski, will you spend the rest of your life with me?"
But know the Internet has to know, just who is Ms. Piechowski? We'll she's a Spartan like her new fiance, and an athlete as well. A 5' 9" guard, the 24-year-old played four seasons for MSU, earning academic and leadership accolades – even if her on-court numbers weren't crazy:
Three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Two-time captain ... Appeared in 80 career games, starting 20 ... Had a career line of 2.0 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 10.2 minutes per game ... Ended her career 18th on the Spartans' career 3-point field goals made list with 41 ... Led MSU in 3-point field goal percentage in 2008-09 ... Team's Most Improved Player in 2007-08.
Since graduation, Linkedin says she's working professionally in the media industry in Detroit, a noble profession if we do say so. Here's an example of her on camera, where she asks a member of the basketball team the tough questions. That member of the team: herself! (Seriously.)
From a relationship standpoint, Jones – a former Big-10 defensive player of the year (2009) and sixth-round pick—knew she was the one. As he told ESPN, she's been there since the start.
“She was bawling,” Jones said Monday morning before hopping on the team bus to head to the airport. “Just everything we have been through together ... she has been there since day one.”