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Robert Griffin III’s romantic, on-field proposal

Chris Chase
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Robert Griffin III held his Pro Day at Baylor's indoor practice facility on Wednesday. Five months earlier, he dropped to a knee on the same field and proposed to his longtime girlfriend.

Rich Campbell of The Washington Times spoke with Griffin's mother about how her son proposed to Rebecca Liddicoat after a 404-yard, four-touchdown performance against Kansas State. It's as romantic as a football field engagement could possibly be.

The plan

"Robert told me he wanted a candlelight-type of ceremony. He wrote a song. Yes, he sings and he writes music — he doesn't know how to write 'music' music but he writes lyrics and he can come up with a melody. He wrote a song for her. He had one of his teammates go up there [to a camera perch] and he played the guitar."

The handoff

"The funny thing about it is he came in the building and he said, 'Rebecca, wait a minute. I've got to use the bathroom.' And my husband was in the bathroom with the ring. He gave him the ring, and it was a fun time."

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The proposal

"As they were walking in, [Robert] started singing the song. I had set up candles — battery-operated candles; I didn't want to burn the building down — right here in the middle. Her mom and her dad and her two sisters and my family — my husband and [Robert's] two sisters — were all standing in a circle with a candle in our hand.

"He walked her to the circle. She couldn't see. We had it dark in here. When they got close to the BU [midfield logo], we all hit our candles and it came on. She was like, 'What is this?' And he got on one knee."

The aftermath

"He got on his knees. We all were crying. She was crying. We all hurried up and cleaned up. By the time we did all that, [A Baylor coach who was showing the facility to recruits] came back in and they said, 'Mrs. Griffin, we've got to cut the lights off and leave.' I said, 'We're finished.' They asked, 'What are y'all doing in here.' They didn't know."

Griffin is known as a five-tool quarterbacking prospect. His versatility clearly extends beyond the football field.

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