While San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DJ Jones was preparing for the Monday Night Football match-up against the Cleveland Browns, he was also warming up for another major play in his life: proposing to girlfriend Kayla Fannin.
During pre-game warmups, the couple was standing on the sidelines at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, when Jones, 24, suddenly got down on one knee and asked Fannin, 23, to marry him. At She said, “yes!” and video of the proposal was shared online by numerous Bay Area news outlets.
Cam Inman was even able to catch the proposal from his view at the press box, while Keiana Martin captured the moment by taping it from Levi’s Stadium scoreboard.
Jones, who’s originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and played football at Ole Miss, was drafted in the 6th round by the 49ers. The defensive tackle, who stands at 6’0 and 304 pounds, is currently in his third year with the franchise. He’s recorded 4 tackles so far in the 2019 season.
Jones first went public with his relationship with Fannin in February 2018. He shared a photo of the couple running on the beach with caption, “Breathe of fresh air.” By August 2018, Fannin was seen on the sidelines proudly wearing a jacket with Jones’ name written across the back and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Over the past year, they’ve vacationed on the islands of Turks and Caicos, had date nights in Miami, and in his hometown of San Francisco. Every time he posts a photo of her, Jones uses the hashtag #WCE – “woman crush everyday.” On her 23rd birthday, he wrote on Instagram, “Happy birthday to the baddest. The queen and my love. 23 never looked any better. Glad we can spend it together so I know you’ll enjoy.” Fannin commented back, “Love you! Thank you for making every day awesome.”
Who Is Jones’ New Fianceé Kayla Fannin?
Fannin is a graduate of Auburn University, where she was a member of the Harbert College of Business Student Council board. Now, Fannin manages Closet38, an online store which sells accessories and jewelry. While Fannin is based in Los Angeles, she regularly makes it up to San Fransisco, and shows up to cheer man for nearly all the 49ers’ home games. Fannin is proudly Jones’ No. 1 fan. For his 24th birthday, she surprised with a poster of herself wearing his jersey, and only his jersey.
When it was announced that Jones made it on the 49ers starting squad for 2019, she posted a photo of the couple with the caption, “Congratulations on making the 53 man roster yet again! I’m so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. It amazes me how dedicated you are to us, and the game you love. So happy and grateful to be by your side to share this moment. Love you forever. -K ❤️”
Now, that she’s the future Mrs. Jones, she might think about making the move up to the Bay Area on a permanent basis. Her mother, Angela Fannin, who’s based in LaGrange, Georgia approves of the relationship. She wrote on her daughter’s latest Instagram photo of the two, “Power couple!”