(From Mad World News) During Sunday’s Arizona Cardinals game, an airman in the U.S. Air Force did something to one of the team’s cheerleaders that left the entire crowd amazed.
Capt. Eric Straub, 26, completed his first successful mission after returning from deployment in the Middle East by getting down on one knee, dressed in his flight suit, and proposing to his girlfriend Claire Thornton, 24, according to TODAY. The proposal, to which she excitedly said “Yes,” was shown to the crowd on the giant monitor in the stadium between the first and second quarter as a part of a plan devised by Straub and the team.
“It was pretty amazing,” Thornton told TODAY. “I was shaking really bad. He’s like ‘Put the ring on!’ And I’m like, you put it on me!’ The best part about everything is that my whole family was there and his whole family was there, and I was doing what I love with the people that I love. It was the epitome of the best day ever.”
Thornton knew Straub would be at the game since the Cardinals had planned on giving him a special welcome home, but she had no idea that he was going to propose. However, Straub had already talked to the team and worked it out to where his welcome would actually be the proposal, catching Thornton completely off guard.
“Claire had no idea what was going on,” Straub told TODAY. “I just wanted it to be special for her, and I wanted her to be surprised. I saw they had ‘Claire, will you marry me up on the screen?’ and I had missed my cue, so I got over there quickly. It was so loud you couldn’t hear anything. I had all these things I wanted to say, but once I got down on my knee, I had no idea what to say. I think all I said was, ‘I love you marry me!’ It was funny.”
Straub is an F-15 pilot for the Air Force, and the prior night he had just come home from deployment. Thornton knew he had planned on proposing while he was on leave, but never expected it to be like this. Thornton is a first-grade teacher from Scottsdale, and the pair went to high school together, becoming a couple about a year ago.
“I thought they were just surprising Eric with the welcome home message,” Thornton said. “I had no idea what they were going to do at all. It was just an amazing day.”
Such a cool way to both honor an airman and for him to propose to his bride-to-be. Make sure you share this with your friends and family so they can read their uplifting story.
— Scott Davis (@NewsByScott) October 12, 2014