All-American couple: Oklahoma’s Michael Turk’s marriage proposal to Grace Lyons goes viral
NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Michael Turk woke up Saturday morning as America’s nominee.
He fell asleep engaged to the woman of his dreams.
Turk’s postgame marriage proposal to another American – Sooners shortstop Grace Lyons – became another episode in the video life of one of college football’s true showmen.
Turk has mastered the art of kicking, setting a school record of 51.8 yards per punt last year. He has also mastered the life of a vlogger, with over 194,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.
But he outdid even himself moments before OU beat Oklahoma State in another tight Bedlam game Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Turk got down on one knee and asked Lyon if she would marry him.
“Pretty cool,” OU coach Brent Venables said. “And she said yes.”
She did, amid endless smiles and a few tears and Turk’s teammates jumping around them.
“I’m so thankful to know Grace and to have met her at OU, and she’s wonderful,” Turk said in a postgame media interview. “So I got to marry the woman of my dreams and it’s definitely by the grace of God, so I’m happy.”
Turk asked John Lyons two weeks ago after the Baylor game for permission to marry his daughter. Having received permission, Turk put his plan into action.
He bought the ring and then locked it in his locker on game day.
When the game was over, he rushed to the locker room, tucked the ring under his belt, then ran back to the postgame lounge to find it.
“I rushed in there to grab him and bring him back because I didn’t trust myself,” Turk said. “I was going to put it in my bag and I thought that was a bad idea.”
Before each game, Lyons gives him a card with a handwritten Bible verse for encouragement. But this time, when the game was over and the Sooners had defeated their rivals from Bedlam, he returned the card to her.
It read, “I have a question, will you be my wife?”
Lyons read the card and smiled that 10 carat smile as Turk removed the ring from his belt and got down on one knee.
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“Then she looked up and I said, ‘Will you marry me?’ ” Turk said. “I think it went really well. Yeah, I’m just thankful she said yes.
If the note seems trite, it’s for a reason.
“When I asked her to be my girlfriend,” Turk said, “I made her a note and said, ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ And then she looked up and said yes. So I didn’t even say it verbally. So this time I made her.”
The joyous event capped off the busiest night of Turk’s OU career.
As OU’s offense bogged down again and again over the final three quarters, Turk was called upon repeatedly to get the Sooners out of foul trouble. He did it by throwing a career-high 11 punts, the most by an NU player since 2001.
“Turk was a monster, man,” Venables said. “Eleven punts, 49 yards average, you had a couple of just bombs. We’re down one on 4, you know, 63 yards. He had a 67-meter. Second-most 60-yard punts in OU history. This is for a long time. This is the genesis of our football. That’s pretty good.”
It was a typical Turk putting on a show.
The former high school quarterback from Missouri City, Texas, who began his college career at Lafayette before transferring to Arizona State, has moved on from injuries to players and followed in the footsteps of his famous uncle, a 16-year NFL player Matt Turk (another uncle, the late Dan Turk, played 15 years in the NFL.
He spent three years at Arizona State and was a two-time All-Pac-12 first-teamer before transferring to OU in 2021 and earning first-team All-Big 12 honors.
He created a YouTube channel that went viral and made him a famous YouTube sensation.
Saturday night’s postgame festivities are sure to be #1 on Turk’s highlight reel.
“It’s fun, it’s fun,” he said. “I think it’s the right amount (of the audience). Nothing too personal, but enough. I think Grace and I are both grateful to be here in Oklahoma, getting to know the community and hopefully being a good example, even though I’m obviously not perfect. But we enjoy the opportunity to get to know people and, as I said, not be too private, but public enough to meet people and hopefully set a good example.”
Turk said it’s also important for him to be surrounded by his teammates.
“Practically only the experts knew it would happen,” he said. “… Originally, I wasn’t even going to have my teammates around, but I was like, ‘You know what, it might be better.’ So I started calling people around. I got David Ugwoegba, Danny (Stutsman), and then they saw they saw (Drake) Stoops. I said, “Stoops come here.” And so it wasn’t the biggest crowd. but luckily there were enough people to make it more exciting I feel.
And yes, the moment was caught on video.
“Yes, it will be on my vlog on my YouTube channel. “Waiting Time.” Subscribe.”
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