Charlie Bright knew it was a longshot, but given the circumstances, figured it was worth a try.
So the recent OU grad and big Thunder fan shot Russell Westbrook a Facebook message earlier this week, with an eye-catching opening, hoping it would make its way to OKC’s star point guard.
“I put in big bold letters of my first words on the message as MARRIAGE PROPOSAL,” Bright remembered, by phone, on Friday night. ”Because I wanted to kind of grab his attention as he peeked through his inbox.”
It was the second part of his developing plan to propose to girlfriend Rachel Haycraft on Friday afternoon.
Both are huge OU fans. Both are huge Thunder fans. They met at a Sooner football game and went to a Thunder game for their first date.
So, Bright wanted to incorporate the two into his special proposal.
The first part was easy. He would take her to the north gate at Gaylord Memorial Stadium, under the clock tower, and propose there. The Thunder portion took more planning and a bit of luck.
“Two or three days went by and I didn’t hear from him, so I didn’t really think anything else of it,” Bright said of his Facebook message to Westbrook. “Then on Wednesday, he messaged me back real short and said ‘I’m down, what’s the plan?’”
Soon after, Bright and his favorite team’s All-Star point guard were hashing out all the important details, including what Westbrook would tweet and exactly when he would tweet it (4:30 p.m. on Friday).
And on Friday afternoon, Bright got Haycraft to the spot, disguising their walk across campus as a quick trip to one of his work sites (he’s a civil engineer).
And sure enough, Westbrook followed through.
Once at the spot, Bright told Haycraft to check Twitter, a strange request, but one she gladly executed.
“I’m on Twitter a lot anyway, but I’ve never really had someone suggest, ‘Hey, why don’t you check Twitter right now,’” Haycraft said. “But he asked me to get on there and I did and I saw on the app that Russell had mentioned me and I was like, ‘Why did Russell mention me?’ Then I looked at the tweet and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is crazy’. First of all that Russell Westbrook is tweeting at me and then that you are asking to marry me, it was all wrapped into one, it was crazy.”
“When she (checked),” Bright said, “I got down on one knee and asked her if she’d marry me and luckily she said yes.”
Proposal successful, with a little help from a famous athlete and the ever-expanding digital age.
“He was already my favorite player,” Haycraft said. “But this only helps.”
“I probably would have said Nick Collison is my favorite player,” Bright admitted. “But I might be switching to Russell now.”
Probably a good choice.