Whereas most of the fans aboard the USS Carl Vinson settled for a picture or an autograph when they approached Magic Johnson, one naval officer had a more significant request for the former Michigan State star.
He asked Johnson to help him propose to his girlfriend during the game.
A Naval Medical Center employee in the stands posted the above YouTube video showing both Johnson and the naval officer down on one knee as the girlfriend smiles with delight. Johnson then congratulates the woman with a hug and volunteers to pose for a picture with the happy couple to commemorate the night.
Selfless gestures like this one from Johnson were part of what made the inaugural Carrier Classic a successful and memorable event. Although North Carolina's convincing victory over Michigan State wasn't as compelling as expected, what more than made up for it was the combination of the unusual setting for basketball and the respect players, coaches and celebrities showed toward the military.
North Carolina and Michigan State players handed their game-worn camouflage jerseys to service members after the final buzzer. Actress Pamela Anderson, model Brooklyn Decker and NBA stars such as Vince Carter and Tyler Hansbrough spent time chatting with the men and women in uniform around them. And honorary coaches Johnson and James Worthy were also very generous with their time ... even when they received some unusual requests.
(Thanks, Huffington Post)
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