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DP: Let's clear up the shoulder injury from the national title game. Are you still in pain?
CM: No. In fact, in the game there was no pain. It wasn't an issue [whether] I was tough enough to come back in the game or could I play through pain. I couldn't grip a ball; I couldn't throw a ball. I was champing at the bit trying to get back in, but my arm was dead.
DP: What's more frustrating—playing in a game you lose or watching your team play a game and lose?
CM: That was the first time I had ever not played a game in my four years. I had never missed a snap. To stand on the sideline and have to be a cheerleader was one of the toughest things I've ever had to be a part of.
DP: You got engaged in January. Describe the scene. All the girls will go, "Awww!" and all the guys will go, "I hate him."
CM: I bought the ring over Christmas. Once I got a good report [from the doctor about my shoulder] and once I decided on an agent, that was two great things after some negative things, like the national championship game. I was feeling better and my mind was clearing up, and I just decided to make it three great things in one day. I asked her if she wanted to grab some dinner. I told her I needed to run by the field house to grab my cleats because I was flying out the next day. She walked into my plan. She said, "I want to walk on the field. I know you have the keys. Let's go out there."
DP: Wait, you have the keys to the stadium?
CM: Every quarterback has to have the keys to the stadium, right?
CM: I was walking around the end zone saying I made this move here, or I threw a touchdown here, something silly like that. We were having a good time. I had cued the guys up in the press box and said once we got to the 50 to have the scoreboard say rachel, will you marry me? It was all pretty sweet.