Soldier uses Facebook to ask NFL player to be Army Ball date
The video has been viewed more than 670,000 times on Facebook. It has been shared 21,054 times.
Still, Army Pvt. Camille Coffey has yet to hear back from Houston Texans All Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.
“I’m hoping J.J. or someone who works closely with him will eventually see the video,” Coffey said. “It would mean so much to hear back from him.”
On Sept. 25, Coffey – stationed at Fort Gordon – created a 54-second video inviting Watt to the Army Ball on Dec. 11 in Fort Meade, Md.
Since then, the video has gone viral, circling through Facebook and other forms of social media.
“I never imagined it would blow up like this,” Coffey said. “I was originally inspired by the Marine who invited Ronda Rousey to the ball, so I kind of took the idea from him.”
Coffey, 20, is a native of Albuquerque, N.M., and says she comes from a split household of Texans and New England Patriots fans.
Coincidentally, the Texans play in New England on Dec. 13 – two days after the ball. They played the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
According to Coffey, her fandom for Watt isn’t only about his play on the field. More than anything, it’s the charity work he does through the Justin J Watt Foundation, which has provided funding in excess of $1 million to sixth- to eighth-grade after-school athletic programs.
“This is my first Army ball and if J.J. came it would truly make it an unforgettable experience,” Coffey said. “But I don’t want him to show up just for me. It would boost the morale of everyone who attends.”
With Watt and the Texans in midseason, Coffey understands getting the answer she desires is a long shot. However, the private with the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion intends to be at Fort Meade on Dec. 11.
“Oh, I’m going to the ball regardless,” Coffey said.
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