Memphis jewelry store Robert Irwin Jewelers had a preseason promotion that promised customers a full refund on items if the Tigers returned a kickoff for a TD in Week 1.
So Pollard, a man who can’t get rewarded for his on-field achievements by others because of NCAA rules, got people some free jewelry.
One man told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that he spent $1,500 over his budget for an engagement ring because of the promotion. The Commercial-Appeal spoke with four men who got their engagement rings for free due to Pollard’s return. You should read all four of their stories.
The man who went over budget, identified as Howard because he hasn’t proposed just yet, said he went crazy. But in the hours after the touchdown return, he also had to remember to stay anonymous, lest his girlfriend find out he was about to propose.
“When it happened, I totally freaked,” Howard said. “I was jumping up and down, screaming. I called both my parents. I was literally doing cartwheels down my street.”
Howard went to Robert Irwin the next morning, just to make sure.
“Channel 5 was there, asking if I would do an interview, but I couldn’t very well be on camera saying I had won an engagement ring, could I?”
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