KALISPELL — Montana senior Cy Sirmon has spent time working on his grip this spring since he moved to center and has had to snap the football.
So when the 6-foot-3, 272-pound lineman went down on his right knee after the Grizzlies’ spring game on Saturday, there was no way he could fumble the ring with which he proposed to his girlfriend.
After she said yes, Sirmon deftly put the ring on her finger, lifted her up and gave her a kiss. When he put her down, he turned to his teammates, raised his right arm in triumph and was mobbed first by roommate Dante Olson and then by the rest of his teammates for a celebration that featured them chanting “Cy! Cy! Cy!” before he busted out a few moves.
“Honestly, it’s almost a blur,” Sirmon said nearly 30 minutes after the on-field proposal at Legends Stadium. “I was so, so happy. It was exciting. I don’t even have something to compare it to at this point in my life. I mean, winning football games is definitely a nice high, but that was euphoric. It was just unbelievable.”
Sirmon and his fiancée, Lauren Heiser, have been dating for 2 1/2 years, he said. She’s from Camas, Washington, is a senior journalism major at the University of Montana and works at KPAX TV as a weekend reporter, he added.
“She’s the love of my love, as I made apparent,” Sirmon said.
Sirmon had considered proposing during the upcoming football season because he wanted it to take place in a college atmosphere with family and friends present. But when he realized the fall was a busy time for his family of athletes, he thought the spring game would work best to get everyone in one place.
Among those in attendance were Sirmon’s parents, siblings and his maternal grandparents, he said. He added that Heiser’s parents and sister were present as well as a slew of friends. The plan had been in the works for nearly 1 1/2 months, Sirmon said.
“It was really hard because with so many people coming to the game, it was kind of a tell-tale sign,” he said. “I just had to say, ‘No, they’re just going to support me,’ and had to come up with diversions to keep her from figuring it out. She was definitely surprised.”
As for a potential wedding date, Sirmon hadn’t given it much thought yet.
“I have no idea,” he said. “I know she likes the idea of a summer wedding. I don’t think it’d be this summer. That’s pretty quick. So, yeah, I don’t know. I’d have to ask her.
“Right now, I’m still trying to gather my thoughts. I’m just so happy.”