Bears' Leno Gets Engaged At Midfield After Big Win

"What a perfect moment to do it," Charles Leno Jr. said.

Chris Emma
December 16, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr.

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- It all went as Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. had planned Sunday afternoon.

His Bears beat the Packers, 24-17, to clinch the NFC North crown, then he got down on one knee at midfield and proposed to his girlfriend.

Leno had this all in mind as a surprise for his girlfriend, Jennifer. His Bears teammates and even coach Matt Nagy were in on what was coming. All that was needed was the execution for four quarters against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. 

"I just had a feeling," Leno said. "I knew the way we prepared this week. I knew our team was ready. I just had a feeling.

"This team is resilient. I love going to work with these guys every day. We believe. Us in this locker room believe."

Leno opened the game with a false start penalty on the Bears' first play from scrimmage, admitting he was "a little bit amped up" for this game. But he settled in from there.

In preparing for the pivotal game against the Packers, Leno also had to prepare the important details of his proposal. He asked for permission from his girlfriend's father to pop the question -- and Nagy as well regarding the timing of it -- and had the ring in hand by the time the game ended. However, Leno wouldn't reveal who had possession of the ring during the game.

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Leno waited at the midfield logo as his girlfriend approached him, then got down on one knee. Teammates Prince Amukamara and Sherrick McManis waited to celebrate with the newly engaged couple.

"It's been a long time coming and what a perfect moment to do it," Leno said.

"It's easily up there as one of the best days of my life. Easily."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​