Spring game saves best for last, culminates in proposal


Redshirt junior quarterback Kyle Starcevich proposes to Tori Monroe, his girlfriend, following the Iowa State spring football game at Jack Trice Stadium on April 8. 

Austin Anderson

Kyle Starcevich tried not to think about it during the spring game on Saturday, but his teammates wouldn’t let that happen.

“Big moment, man,” his teammates said to him on the sidelines. “You ready?”

There was never any doubt Starcevich was going to propose to his girlfriend, Tori Monroe, the only dilemma was how exactly he would do it. The couple has been together since the summer before their senior year of high school. They came to Iowa State together and are both graduating in December.

Coach Matt Campbell had an idea.

Monroe works in the football office and Campbell had the idea to recognize her for her hard work after the spring game, and who better to present the award than her boyfriend of five years?

“She had no idea,” Starcevich said. “She thought she was going to get a job or something.”

The ring spent the entirety of the spring game in the training pack of a team trainer but was transported to Starcevich moments after the game ended. When Campbell called Monroe up front, with the entire team circled around front, and both their families in attendance, Starcevich got down on one knee and proposed.

“Once I saw it was the last period of [the game], I got really nervous,” he said.

He awaited a response five years in the making and four and a half months after the ring was purchased.

“She lit up,” Starcevich said. “It was funny seeing her reaction, just her figuring it out.”

As for a date?

“That’ll probably be her decision,” he said. “She wants a long engagement so it will probably be in the fall of 2018.”