Long snappers hardly receive attention unless they mess up.
But last Friday, Chiefs rookie long snapper Andrew East made headlines for all the right reasons when he successfully proposed to his girlfriend, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson, at a Cubs game.
A surprised Johnson said yes on the spot.
“It worked out very nice,” East said Tuesday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, where rookies and quarterbacks reported for an extra three days of work before veterans report on Friday. “The Cubs administration up there was great to work with. So it worked out pretty nice.”
All East had to do was call the front office and asked, he said.
East was aware that getting engaged at Wrigley Field doesn’t ensure the best of luck, because the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908.
“I was joking with her after,” East said. “I said ‘Hey, just so you know, they say that Wrigley Field is cursed.’”
For a guy who plays a position that requires composure during high-pressure situations, East was a nervous wreck. Johnson threw out the first pitch before the game, and East said he said he didn’t even watch because he was too nervous and was thinking what he was about to do.
“I was still deciding ... ‘Am I really gonna do this?’” he said.
Former Chiefs backup quarterback Brady Quinn calmed East’s nerves though.
“He kind of gave me the pregame speech, gave me some motivation,” East said. “He said, ‘You got this man, it’s gonna be awesome!’”
East, a rookie out of Vanderbilt, will be competing for the long-snapping job with second-year long snapper James Winchester.