Earlier this year, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and an Oklahoma State defensive back began dating via a series of events that would only make sense in Hollywood. The story began on Nov. 24, 2012, when Oklahoma State was heading into overtime of an eventual 51-48 overtime loss to Oklahoma. It was just before OT began that Cowboys cheerleader Jordan Daigle first caught sight of Zack Craig.
Craig, a safety, has played mostly special teams during his first three years at Oklahoma State. The week before the overtime game against the Sooners, he blocked two punts against Texas Tech and returned one of them for a touchdown. That inspired the coaching staff to name him a captain against Oklahoma, so he participated in the coin tosses before the game and before overtime.
According to the Tulsa World, Daigle was watching the game at home with a friend when cameras zoomed in on Craig before the overtime coin toss.
“It was a really good game and it was going into overtime,” Daigle, who goes by Jordan Elizabeth with the Cowboys, recalled. “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.'”
Although she thought it would be weird, Daigle was convinced by her friend to find Craig on Twitter and begin following him. When Craig realized a Cowboys cheerleader had followed him, he thought someone might be playing a prank on him. He consulted his sister for advice.
“Do you think this girl is real?” Craig recalled asking Mallory, an OSU grad student. “Do you know someone who’s trying to play a joke on me?”
Craig then determined that Jordan Daigle was in fact an actual Cowboys cheerleader and that her profile was legit. He sent her a message, and OSU was later invited to a bowl game in Dallas. Craig took Daigle out for pizza while in Dallas, and she said “the spark was there” almost immediately. However, Craig’s friends were still skeptical.
“They (his teammates) were kind of shocked when it happened,” Craig explained. “They really didn’t believe it at first. They thought, ‘Oh, you’ll probably hang out with her once and never see her again.'”
That was not the case. Daigle and Craig got to spend time together over spring break and during the summer, and they have continued dating ever since.
“Sometimes I’m still like, ‘Is this really happening?'” Craig 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.”
Craig’s internet encounter with Daigle happened just a couple months before the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend story was revealed, so he might have been even more skeptical if it happened at a later date. The couple’s story is a reminder that social media isn’t all bad. Had it not been for Google and Twitter, they probably would have never even met.Google+