Sunday marked the end of the NFL Atlanta Falcons season and the start of a new chapter in the love story of team cheerleader Benjamin Ajani and her boyfriend, Dominic. Williams, who surprised Ajani with a marriage proposal in the last game.
After the national anthem and before the Falcons’ game against the New Orleans Saints kicked off, Ajani was asked by his coach to make a promotional appearance on the upper deck of the stadium. When Ajani got off the elevator, he saw Williams bent on one knee.
“I always dreamed it would turn out like this,” Ajani told NBC News. “All cheerleaders want to be proposed at a game. It’s such a big part of your life. You cheer and dance your whole life, and your teammates are really special to you, because you spend so much of time together.
With the help and support of Ajani’s coach and fellow cheerleaders, Williams was able to coordinate this heartwarming moment.
Ajani started cheering for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020 and has since been part of a small group of openly gay NFL cheerleaders. He shared how in 2018 he witnessed a surge of male cheerleaders auditioning for NFL cheer squads, which ultimately inspired him to audition two years later.
“It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and now it’s even more special because I got engaged at a game,” he said.
Before he started cheering for the Falcons, Ajani spent four seasons as a cheerleader for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and when he’s not playing works as a senior financial associate at a consulting firm, according to his bio. Falcons official.
This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.