When Oklahoma State football player Zack Craig went to represent his team at midfield for the coin toss before overtime against chief rival Oklahoma last year, he did not know his future girlfriend–and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader–would be watching him on television.
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Jordan Daigle saw Craig on television, eventually followed him on Twitter, and now they are a couple. It may be a good thing as well that Daigle followed Craig on Twitter two months before the Manti Te’o scandal.
Daigle first saw Craig on ESPN when he went to midfield for the overtime coin toss on television and thought he was “cute.” According to the Tulsa World:
As a team captain, Craig participated in the pregame and pre-overtime coin tosses, the second of which was included in ESPN’s national broadcast. That alone would be a cool memory – even though the Cowboys went on to lose 51-48 – but there’s more meaning to the photo.
While Craig was at Memorial Stadium’s midfield staring down Sooner fullback Trey Millard, his future girlfriend Jordan Daigle was watching the game on TV with a friend. Daigle is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who goes by the name of Jordan Elizabeth.
“It was a really good game and it was going into overtime,” said Daigle, 22. “And I remember this cute blond kid walked out to do the coin toss. I looked at my friend, and I was like, ‘That guy is really cute.'”
Daigle’s friend looked up Craig on Twitter and urged Daigle to “follow” him on the social media site. After she did, Craig, even though this was two months before the Manti Te’o scandal, was “instantly suspicious.” Craig thought someone was playing a joke on him until he looked up Daigle’s bio on the Cowboys website. He finally worked up the courage to send her a “direct message,” and then they eventually decided to meet:
They hit it off. Days later, when OSU learned its bowl destination was the relatively unknown Heart of Dallas Bowl, Craig was secretly thrilled.
While in Dallas, he took Daigle out for their first date, a casual pizza dinner.
Craig was able to spend more time with Daigle after he had a health care, from which he is now recovered:
Their relationship became official over spring break, about two weeks before Craig had a health scare. His right arm inexplicably swelled during a workout, and doctors initially didn’t know the cause. It was later diagnosed as entrapment syndrome, which occurred when Craig’s shoulder muscle became overgrown and closed blood vessels between his rib.
Also a reserve safety, Craig missed the final two weeks of spring practice to have his first rib and a blood clot removed. He was in a Dallas hospital for four days and had to go through specialized summer workouts while on blood thinners but has healed in time for his senior year.
Craig still cannot believe a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader tracked him down on Twitter and how well the relationship has turned out:
“Sometimes I’m still like, ‘Is this really happening?'” he said. “She’s really determined and one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met. … She’s more than I expected. She’s a lot more than a pretty face.”
The Tulsa World has more details here.
Photo credit: (@DCC_Jordan)