Auburn wide receiver Jonathan Wallace had an eventful 48 hours before returning to the practice field to prepare for the Birmingham Bowl.
The senior graduated Saturday morning then was recognized with an award for being the Tigers’ offensive captain at the annual football banquet.
Wallace capped the night off by surprising his girlfriend Ashley Kotero, 23, with a proposal on Jordan-Hare Stadium’s 10,800-square-foot scoreboard.
“It was the right moment,” Wallace said. “I’ve wanted to do it for a very long time now. This was the perfect opportunity for me.”
Wallace laughed at the idea of trying to top the gesture in the future, but he’s ready for the challenge.
“Whatever I have to do that’s the plan,” Wallace said.
The Central alum put together a plan earlier in the week with some help from Auburn athletic officials.
“I go the ball rolling and got Mr. (Jay) Jacobs involved with it,” Wallace said of the Tigers’ athletic director.
Kotero was under the impression that Wallace’s family and friends were gathering at the stadium to celebrate her new finance’s career accomplishments. Wallace turned the tables dropping down to one knee at midfield.
“Will you marry me?” flashed on the video board with the ‘a’ in the question featuring Auburn’s patented AU logo.
Video courtesy of Jonathan’s sister-in-law Chaniece Wallace.
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