Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp saw his life change dramatically on Sunday night, in addition to winning football’s greatest game, after surprising his girlfriend with a marriage proposal at the field where his team had just left. achieve Super Bowl glory.
As his teammates passed around the Vince Lombardi Trophy and received their sought-after Super Bowl rings, Rapp took a knee in front of celebrating girlfriend Dani Johnson and held out a box bearing a sparkler of a different kind – one that had commitment implications for celebrating girlfriend Dani Johnson, a video posted to the Rams’ Twitter account shows.
In the heartfelt clip, Rapp can be seen shouting “Will you marry me?” above the sound of celebrations around them, with Johnson nodding in excitement.
The player, dressed in a Super Bowl championship t-shirt and cap, placed the ring on his tearful girlfriend’s finger and the pair hugged to cheers from onlookers.
‘MORE THAN ONE RING TONIGHT!!’ said the Rams’ Twitter post.
Rapp won a Super Bowl ring as the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 at SoFi Stadium outside Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp surprised his girlfriend Sunday night with a marriage proposal on the field where his team had just won the Super Bowl
As his teammates passed around the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Rapp got down on one knee and held out a box wearing a ring, according to video posted to the Rams’ Twitter account.
‘MORE THAN ONE RING TONIGHT!!’ a Twitter post from the Rams said on Sunday (pictured)
Los Angeles Rams free safety Taylor Rapp (24) celebrates late in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Shortly after, he proposed to his girlfriend on the pitch as his teammates celebrated around him
For the Rams – a team founded in Cleveland in 1937 before moving to Los Angeles in 1946, St. Louis in 1995 and returning to Los Angeles in 2016 – the victory marks their second Super Bowl win and fourth NFL title.
The team’s 23-20 triumph over the Bengals on Sunday is a remarkable story of perseverance despite injury setbacks that would have crushed most teams – including the Rams, if not for a catcher-catalyzed final score star and team quarterback Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford, respectively.
The team also played the fourth quarter of its Super Bowl at home with rookies Ben Skowronek and Brycen Hopkins logging significant playing time.
That’s because Odell Beckham Jr. injured his knee in the second quarter, leaving the Rams to finish their final game without four of their top six regular-season passers per yardage.
In their place, the Rams sent their two rookies as well as tight end Kendall Blanton, a third string limit at the start of the season.
Running back Darrell Henderson, who hadn’t played since Dec. 26 due to injury, was widely used as a target to catch passes, in part because the Rams had no other bodies to do it.
Improbably, they made it work: Stafford targeted Kupp repeatedly on the final drive, until Kupp’s decisive hold with 1:25 to play.
“These guys did a great job,” Sean McVay, the NFL’s youngest head coach at 36, said of his Rams. “They took over this game.”
They did it at their home, the $5 billion SoFi Stadium, making the Rams the second straight host to win the championship after Tampa Bay became the first a year ago.
“As far as building this stadium,” said Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the man who brought them back from St. Louis in 2016, “I think everything went well.”
Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022
There was about as much hip-hop as a stadium can hold at Super Bowl halftime, with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar sharing a fiery mix of their successes as expected, and a surprise appearance of 50 cents.
It was a rare Super Bowl halftime show played in daylight, but it still felt like a nightclub at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, with a set designed to look like the houses in Compton and nearby South LA.
Dre and Snoop opened the show with “Next Episode” and “California Love.”
50 Cent, who is not among the artists announced, launched his “In Da Club”.
Blige was decked in silver sparkles and surrounded by backup dancers as she sang a medley of her hits.
Eminem was surrounded by a rock band as he performed “Lose Yourself”, at one point taking a knee in apparent homage to Colin Kaepernick’s protests.
The set was surrounded by what looked like a cityscape lit from above, complete with classic convertibles and a replica of the sculpture outside the Compton courthouse.
The crowd had lanyards with LED lights that flashed in coordination with the beats of the show.
View of the stage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California
Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022
Super Bowl LVI nearly made history at kickoff before the Rams or Bengals started their first runs.
The temperature two hours before kickoff was 85 degrees, but cooled to 79. The record of 84 was set on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. California has been battling a heat wave with eight locations in the region posting record temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s earlier this week.
And aside from the heat, getting into Sunday’s Super Bowl was just as frustrating.
StubHub says Sunday’s admission price was $3,800, a 10% jump from Saturday, and the average price of tickets sold was $6,136. That’s down 8% from Saturday.
The site still had more than 1,400 tickets available Sunday morning.
California fans bought almost 40% more tickets in the past 24 hours and almost 35% of new tickets sold during this period.
The Cincinnati faithful were busy as shoppers from Ohio accounted for 8% of sales.