Breanna is not your average six-year-old football fan. She’s in love with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Sadly, her grandmother told her that she had to be at least 25 years old to marry the 6 ft 5 in, 295 lb NFL superstar, and this is where our story takes an interesting turn.
Breanna’s mom, Lindsey Bartay, documented the sad story of her lovelorn daughter with a YouTube video that was intended for family and friends. In the video, a tearful Breanna says, “I just want to marry J.J. Watt.” The video, which was posted January 12, quickly went viral with views topping 719,000. One of those viewers was — you guessed it — J.J. Watt.
Last week, the man who is arguably the NFL’s hardest hitter revealed his sensitive side when he reached out on Twitter to find the little girl…
“Does anyone happen to know this cute little girl?” Watt tweeted. “We have to find her and turn those tears into a smile.”
Within two days, Watt had found little Breanna’s family and arranged for a special tour of Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Breanna was told that Watt was not available to participate in the tour, but actually he was waiting with a surprise “marriage proposal.”
Bartay said the tour started at the gift shop, but when they entered the next room, Watt was down on one knee with a Ring Pop in his hand. He proposed to his biggest fan and asked if she would be his pretend wife for the day. Little Breanna said, “Yes.”
He gave her a bouquet of flowers and put on his own candy ring. He presented Breanna with a white version of his #99 jersey, which was floor length on her, to serve as her wedding gown.
Breanna’s story reminds us of the Coca-Cola commercial starring the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legendary tough guy, Mean Joe Greene. In the commercial, a shy little boy in the stadium tunnel greets Greene after the big game.
The boy offers the battered Greene his bottle of Coca-Cola. The defensive tackle accepts the Coke and reciprocates by tossing his game-worn jersey to the boy. The 1979 television commercial “Hey Kid, Catch!” is widely considered to be one of the best of all time.
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