SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — A player for the San Francisco 49ers was a big winner before the game even started against the Cleveland Browns Monday night.
Defensive tackle D.J. Jones surprised his girlfriend by proposing to her on the field at Levi’s Stadium a couple of hours before the nationally televised Monday Night Football matchup.
“Fell in love with the game at a young age, and fell in love with her a few years ago so I had to do it all at once,” Jones said.
Jones pretended to want to take pictures on the field with the group, then walked away and appeared to grab the engagement ring from a relative before he walked back over to his girlfriend, Kayla Fannin.
At one point, Jones pointed over to the scoreboard to distract Fannin, and when she turned back around Jones had taken a knee and presented her with an engagement ring.
A very special pregame proposal 💍
Congrats DJ & family! pic.twitter.com/9jmjqz1aYr
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 7, 2019
After a shocked Fannin gathered herself, she said ”yes” as those gathered around them cheered.
“I had no idea at all,” said Fannin. “I just thought, Monday Night Football, we’re all here.” Jones said he had been planning the proposal for months.
“All my family’s here and they just kept this such a surprise for me, but I’m so excited,” she said. “We’re getting married, time to plan a wedding now.”
Video of the proposal was featured on the stadium scoreboard during the pregame festivities.
— Maria Medina KPIX5 (@MariaKPIX) October 7, 2019
Jones has started the first three games of the season for the 49ers at left defensive tackle. He was chosen by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Mississippi.
With a victory Monday night against the Browns–bringing the team to 4-0 and keeping their position as the NFC’s last undefeated team–it was certainly an unforgettable night for Jones.