Smiles abounded at yesterday’s workouts, but perhaps none brighter than running back Roy Helu’s.
Helu started the offseason injured, and in a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend, Danielle. After rehabbing his legs back to full health, he returned to Nebraska to spend quality time with his beloved–for really, the first time ever.
“I’ve been dating her since July, and we’ve been friends for a year and a half, so I knew her for about eight months before we dated,” he told me. “Before that, she was overseas playing volleyball in Germany, so it was a long-distance relationship then.
“Then, it was a long-distance relationship because I was here and she was in the Midwest.”
The two put in some serious effort to stay in touch, even when Helu was worn down physically by a long rookie season. Helu may not have known that she was the one when he left, but it didn’t take him to long to figure it out.
“After I left Washington this offseason, it was the first time that I had seen her consistently in our relationship,” he said.
And it went well?
“It went very well,” he added with a smile.
Helu said that although the timing of the proposal seems accelerated, he sought a lot of advice and wisdom before popping the question. Now that she said yes, it’s a scramble to plan a nice wedding before training camp.
“The big day is before the summer, I’ll say that–it’s coming up very soon,” he said with a laugh. “It will end up being a month-and-a-half engagement.”
While Helu may be busy preparing for the 2012 season from early in the morning until noon, the real work begins when he goes home to help with the arrangements.
“She’s doing a lot of the research right now, but I love to partner with her in the plans,” he explained. “I have plenty of time to help because we aren’t game-planning. There’s a lot of rest time right now.”
Asked if his groomsmen party would be the 53-man roster, Helu shied away from commitment.
“Most likely not the entire 53-man roster,” he said with a grin. “I don’t wanna hurt any feelings, but there’s definitely going to be some Redskins there.”
Congratulations, to Roy and Danielle, and may a short engagement lead to a very long, happy marriage.
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