Bills’ David Nelson gives TD ball to Dallas cheerleader, girlfriend
ASSOCIATED PRESS November 13, 2011 10:00PM
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kelsi Reich is seen on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Reich's boyfriend, Bills' David Nelson presented her with a football after he scored a touchdown during the first half of the game. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Updated: November 13, 2011 10:58PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Buffalo Bills receiver David Nelson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass Sunday, then went all the way to the other end of the field to hand the ball to a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Not just any cheerleader. His girlfriend.
“It was a special moment to share with her,” Nelson said after the Bills’ 44-7 loss. “I didn’t want it to be awkward. She knew it was coming, I don’t think she knew what was coming.”
Nelson is dating Kelsi Reich, who is in her fourth season as a Cowboys cheerleader.
The Bills trailed 21-0 before Nelson caught his touchdown in the second quarter. After celebrating with a couple of teammates in the end zone, Nelson headed back to the Buffalo sideline and then kept going — all the way to the other end of the field where Reich was cheering for the Cowboys. Nelson handed her the ball and then gave her a hug.
“If it would have been a better situation, I would have done a little more,” Nelson said. “Being down 14, I’m not going to go to celebrate too much.”
But Nelson was quick to clarify, and reiterated what he said earlier in the week, that he had never planned to turn a sideline moment into a marriage proposal.
Nelson is from Wichita Falls, Texas, about two hours away and the former training camp site of the Cowboys. He said there were about 120 tickets purchased for his and Reich’s family and friends.