Former Texas Longhorns running back Fozzy Whittaker has long been a fan favorite, especially in these parts -- PB was a founding member of his fan club after predicting a breakout season for years -- and now has another claim to the hearts of the burnt orange faithful after sharing his engagement story.
Currently a member of the Carolina Panthers, Whittaker proposed to his now-fiance several weeks ago and posted the following picture to Instagram, but the story of how it went down at Sea World in San Antonio didn't emerge until recently.
Here's what happened, according to Black and Blue Review:
"Basically what I did was buy the beluga whale experience where you get to get into the water and actually don't swim with them, but get to pet them and touch them and do hand gestures to signal them to do tricks. I got in touch with the engagement department, and they hid a ring in one of the fish boxes that they would usually feed the whales out of.
My now-fiancé had no idea what was going on. She just thought there was fish in there. At the end of the experience, I threw out a blue buoy which they use as toys, and it had the words ‘Will you marry me?' on it. I threw it out there, but she didn't see it. The whale actually retrieved it, brought it back to her and she saw the buoy and at that moment she knew what was going on.
I got down on one knee in about 55-degree water. Luckily I had a wet suit on, but I got down on my knee and asked ‘Will you marry me?' It was definitely a memorable moment and something I enjoyed thoroughly.
Well played, Foswhitt. Well played, sir.
After overcoming the knee injury that ended his senior season against Missouri in 2011, Whittaker went undrafted and was released by three teams between late 2012 and early 2014, showing some of his trademark perseverence and landing with the Panthers in 2014.
He took advantage, recording over 200 all-purpose yards offensively with two touchdowns, one of which was a 39-yard, go-ahead touchdown catch in the third quarter against Arizona in the playoffs that helped Carolina advance.
Aided by that big play, Whittaker signed a two-year, $1.36 million contract during the offseason.
A big burnt orange congratulations to him for his contract and his engagement.