Ex-CSU football player shoots viral Cam Newton video on flight from Paris


Posted on: June 29, 2019

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A post shared by Eli Edwards | NBC Titan Games (@elisaraedwards) on Jun 21, 2019 at 6:50pm PDT “He asked the guy in front of us about his seat and if he can trade seats, and (the other passenger) asked him how tall he was,” Edwards said Monday “He said he was 6-6, and the guy goes, ‘Well, I’m 6-4, and I’m with my buddies here, so I won’t be able to give up my seat’ “And he asked him if he would trade for $1,000, and he said, ‘No’ And he’s like, ‘$1,500?’ And he said, ‘No’ “‘Cash?’ And he said, ‘No’ And then he just walked back to his seat “I just had my camera out at the right moment” Edwards, who played for the Rams in 2012 and 2013, said he quickly posted the video to Instagram, then later shared it on Twitter He lost some of it in the process while editing it down to the 15-second maximum for an Instagram upload Edwards thought the exchange was interesting enough to share but had no idea it would take off the way it did “I woke up the next day, and it was about 15,000 views and like 1,000 shares or something like that, and later on that afternoon, I looked at my phone again, and it was at about a million The next day, it was at 3 million “It just snowballed” By Monday, it was all over the Internet, with stories and links on the websites of CNN, ESPN, CBS Sports, Deadspin, USA TODAY, the Washington Post and hundreds of other media outlets “Everybody started hitting me up,” Edwards said “I just asked for credit” It was the second time in two weeks that Edwards had been involved in a video that went viral His marriage proposal to Jennifer Johnson, minutes after the two watched Jennifer’s sister, Estelle, play soccer for Cameroon on June 10 in the Women’s World Cup, was picked up by the organizing committee and shared with television networks and on social media Estelle Johnson, who grew up in Fort Collins, was watching the proposal in the front row of the stands from the playing field in Montpellier, France, while her older sister, Esther Johnson, shot the video with her phone

Edwards had traveled to France with Johnson’s father and sisters to watch Cameroon’s pool-play matches in the Women’s World Cup.

They weren’t able to stick around for Cameroon’s final game Sunday in the round of 16, a 3-0 loss to England “It wasn’t going to work out for us, because we had to get back to real life,” he said Edwards spent the weekend in Fort Collins with Johnson’s family and was headed back to work Monday in Alaska, where he installs insulation on oil pipelines

As for the events on the flight, “it was kind of an awkward situation,” Edwards said.

“I know (Newton) was trying to be incognito, trying to keep to himself

I wasn’t bothering him or trying to talk to him or anything, and then that video.

“I didn’t think anything of it I posted it, and it just went out of control” Loading Kelly Lyell covers CSU and other local sports and sports-related news for the Coloradoan Follow him at twittercom/KellyLyell and facebookcom/KellyLyellnews and help support the work he and his fellow journalists do in our community by purchasing a subscription at coloradoancom/subscribe CONNECT EMAIL MORE Share your feedback to help improve our site experience! More Stories

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