Soldier invites JJ Watt to Army Ball and it goes viral

A Soldier looking for a date –for her very first Army ball– turns to the internet to ensure her video invite reaches her not-so-secret crush.

In just under one minute, U.S. Army private Camille Coffey makes her “long-shot” pitch to NFL defensive end JJ Watt– whom she clearly admires and adores.

She calls him a “phenomenal athlete and very handsome.” The video which was uploaded to her Facebook page has gone viral.

Complimenting Watt on his good looks and athleticism, the soldier seems equally impressed with his tireless work off the field.

Watt—a small-town Wisconsin boy who was selected #11 Overall Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft – didn’t always have it so easy. According to the Justin J Watt Foundation page – “his journey from backyard football to the big stage of the NFL was “not always smooth, never easy and filled with adversity.”

Now, the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the year is giving back.

Watt’s non-profit reaches out to middle schools, mainly in Wisconsin and Texas, that have “insufficient funding for after-school athletic programs, or that have no after-school athletics whatsoever.”

The Brigade’s Ball takes place in Maryland, on December 11 – that’s just two days before Watt and the Texans take on the New England Patriots in Houston.

Stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, Camille has been in the Army just under a year. Everyone in her battalion says “this won’t work” — referring to her video message.

But her very charming video, and sincerely thought out message has almost half a million views already – so she may prove them wrong after all.


  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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