DeShawn Shead was a breath of fresh air for the NFL on Sunday.
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Through all the media outrage on domestic violence and child abuse, Shead plowed through the recent animosity towards the National Football League and got down on one knee at CenturyLink Field.
Shead proposed to his now-fiancée Jessica Martinez while she was wearing his jersey. The engagement came after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in overtime.
"“Winning the Super Bowl, I got my ring,” Shead, a third-year cornerback, told Washington’s KIRO. “We played the Broncos again and she got her ring after the game. Football is what brought me to Washington, for me to meet her, so I think this is a big part of our relationship.”"
The two were surrounded at mid-field by his teammates, family and friends. Shead proposed with “Will you marry me Jessica?” up on the scoreboard. After she said yes, Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me” played on the stadium’s sound system.
Martinez said the moment was “perfect.”
Shead was signed by Seattle as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2012. He was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield for the Portland State Vikings, recording 211 tackles, 11 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 29 passes defensed throughout 44 games in his career.
He also handled kickoff return duties.
Shead transitioned from cornerback to safety toward the end of his junior season and made all 11 starts at the position his senior year, racking up 64 tackles including five for loss, a sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and eight passes defensed.
Shead was an All-Big Sky conference selection his senior year and second-team All-Big Sky his junior year, earning his teammates’ vote as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back.