Antwan Barnes proposed to his girlfriend while she was asleep

Antwan Barnes
Antwan Barnes will walk down the aisle this weekend.
Credit: Getty Images

Antwan Barnes is the last of the romantics — sort of.

While many celebrities get a bit carried away with their marriage proposals, the Jets linebacker didn’t want to go over the top. He didn’t want emotion to get in the way of the decision and he didn’t want his girlfriend to get caught up in the moment. So he chose the most innocent of times to pop the question to his girlfriend Cameren.

Barnes proposed in the middle of the night — while his girlfriend was asleep.

Last December, Barnes was weeks away from season-ending left knee injury. While in bed one night, he was second-guessing the decision to ask his girlfriend to become his wife and life partner.

“Marriage is serious business after all,” Barnes said.

But he wanted her to make an honest decision to be with him, not one where she was wrapped up in the emotion of an elaborate marriage proposal.

So he figured what better time than the middle of the night, when she would be roused from her sleep and wouldn’t have time to be overwhelmed by the moment? Barnes, an instinctual player on the field, wanted an instinctual answer from Cameren, who he had been dating several years.

So one night, just a couple weeks before New Year’s Eve, the two went to bed around 11 p.m., but Barnes couldn’t sleep with nerves getting in the way. Barnes asked himself, “Should I do this? Should I not? Am I really ready? Then I prayed about it and I knew it was right.”

Around 3 a.m. he rolled over and said something to try and get her awake.

“She thought it was my knee and that I was in pain,” Barnes told Metro. “I answered, ‘No,’ but why don’t you go ahead and marry me?”

It was then that he pulled out a ring from underneath the pillow and put it on her finger.

After five minutes of asking him if it was serious, Cameren finally believed him and called her mother on the West Coast. The two will get married on July 12 and Barnes said he couldn’t be happier – and he is rehabbing well from his knee injury so there shouldn’t be a limp down the aisle.

“After that, she was the one who couldn’t go to sleep. She was too excited, probably staring at the ring or something,” Barnes said. “I had no problems; I fell straight asleep. I got a good night’s sleep too.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…