Fabricio Nazare never took acting classes at Fresno Pacific.
But the Sunbirds soccer team manager and ex-player gained national attention this week with his Emmy-worthy marriage proposal.
While scrimmaging with the school's women's team last month, Nazare grabbed at his leg and went down hard, writhing in agony for several minutes as girlfriend Sara Vega and her fellow players rushed over to offer comfort.
It was all a set-up.
Nazare rose to one knee, just fine, and flashed an engagement ring. Vega said yes, but did give her fiancé a playful slap to the chest. "Good Morning America" showed a clip Friday.
"I got really scared, and I started crying because he's always had knee problems," said Vega, a Golden West High alum. "Trainers came over and said we have an ambulance on the way and that they needed a splint to hold it to keep it stable.
"I was getting really panicky. He was saying how much pain he was in, and finally, he got up on one knee and asked me to marry him; and I started bawling."
Nazare hatched his plan two months ago, first reaching out to women's coach Erik Farfan.
Farfan was playing in the scrimmage, but faked an injury of his own to provide an opening for Nazare's entrance into the game.
"I wanted to do something during practice," Nazare said. "Farfan would make sure Sara would be by me, and then I rolled over and proposed to her. I was waiting for him to give me the OK. That's what I wanted."
"GMA" called Thursday asking for his permission to show the video.
"My idea was to post it on Facebook and YouTube so my family in Brazil can see it, and that's the only way I can show them," Nazare said.
Playing soccer at Fresno Pacific brought them together, so the setting made sense. Nazare and Vega went to a bowling event for the men's and women's teams three years ago and have been dating since. Both are kinesiology majors.
Vega said it was unusual to see Nazare practicing with the women and, when Farfan got hurt, she figured something might be up.
"Fabi likes to think big," she said. "It's definitely a dream come true."
See the video of the proposal, fblinks.com/proposal
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