RICHMOND, Va. — “Hail to the Redskins, Hail Matrimony…”
A Washington Redskins fan made his trip to training camp one to remember Friday morning. He organized quite a trick play when he surprised his girlfriend with a Redskins-themed marriage proposal.
Josh Firestone, of Baltimore County, Maryland, dropped to one knee in front of the Virginia is for Lovers LOVE sign at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center and popped the question to his girlfriend Halley Weinstein.
Firestone said the couple attended training camp last summer on their way to Virginia Beach. He said he knew then he wanted to propose during this year’s training camp.
“She always tells me ‘you gotta be creative, you gotta be thoughtful.’ It would be too cliche on the beach, she would suspect it too much,” he said. “I really wanted to have the element of surprise.”
Weinstein, who said yes, was surprised and thrilled.
“I kind of blacked out for a second,” she said. “It was amazing. I can’t believe it.”
After the proposal, the couple was allowed onto the field where they met Firestone’s favorite player, DeAngelo Hall. Hall signed Firestone’s jersey — perhaps his first engagement gift.
Firestone said despite their shared love of the Redskins, for him, it’s fiancee — then football.
“Our relationship always comes first, to every thing,” he said. “The Redskins come second.”
Good answer Josh, good answer.