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Two NDSU Bison players propose to girlfriends on field after FCS title game win


The North Dakota State University Bison football team obviously had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Saturday, as the team won its fourth consecutive Football Championship Subdivision championship after beating Illinois State Redbirds 29-27 in the title game.

Two players on the team in particular, though, have an entirely different reason altogether for why Saturday, on top of the big win, will be such a memorable day in their lives.

Bison offensive linemen Zac Johnson and Jesse Hinz both got down on bended knee to propose to their girlfriends as teammates and fans celebrated on the field all around them on the field at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Johnson proposed to his gal Trisha Goerts.

Zac Johnson: “Actually, the night before was the last minute decision to actually do it. I told my mom to bring the ring with her, have it in her purse.”

Trisha Goerts: “It all just happened so fast. I don’t even remember what he said to be honest. I just couldn’t stop kissing him and I was so excited and it was just great.”

And Hinz asked for girlfriend Gretchen Folkerts’ hand in marriage a few feet away.

Via Fargo’s WDAY-6 TV:

Jesse Hinz: “I wanted our families to be there. I knew her family and my family were going to be there and I wanted our families to be there and involved and be able to take pictures and savor the moment.

Gretchen Folkerts: “It was fun to go out with a bang like this and then start a new chapter in our lives at the same time.”

While a proposal on a football field may not be the most romantic locale for such a momentous event, what with their beaus all sweaty, dirty and smelly following a hard-fought victory, one thing is for certain: The two young ladies, as well as the guys, will remember the moment forever, regardless of the circumstances.

Relating to football only, the Bison’s remarkable accomplishment of winning four straight titles is put in its proper perspective with this amazing stat: A group of 16 seniors on the team will finish their collegiate careers with more national championships than losses, as the team has only dropped three games in the past four seasons. Amazing.

[New York Post, photo credit: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports]