Brian Miller proposes to his fiancée Joann on the M&T Bank Stadium field before the Ravens home game against the Dallas Cowboys in October.
Brian Miller proposes to his fiancée Joann on the M&T Bank Stadium field before the Ravens home game against the Dallas Cowboys in October. (Submitted photo)

The Baltimore Ravens are one of the things that brought newlyweds Brian and Joann Miller together.

The West Manchester Township couple started dating more than two years ago and quickly discovered both are fans of the team that will be vying for its second Super Bowl championship on Sunday.

When Brian Miller proposed to his now-wife in October, the team again played a key part.

Brian Miller arranged with team officials to get onto the field before the Ravens' home game against the Dallas Cowboys and asked the surprised Joann Miller to marry him.

"She was blown away. She had no idea," he said. "It was a cool experience."

Wedded bliss: But setting up the proposal was no easy task.

Jamie Cederberg, 24, became a football fan, and a 49ers fan, because of her fiancée, Phong Dang, 28. The York Township couple are engaged to be married in
Jamie Cederberg, 24, became a football fan, and a 49ers fan, because of her fiancée, Phong Dang, 28. The York Township couple are engaged to be married in May. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

"I sent out lots and lots of emails to the Ravens staff to get on the field before the game to propose to my wife," Brian said. "It took several months, but I finally got a hold of someone and they got us on the field."

The team sent a photographer onto the field and captured the moment when Brian Miller got down on a knee.

The couple's affection for the team also made an appearance at their Jan. 18 wedding reception.

Brian and Joann Miller were introduced as a married couple while wearing Ravens jerseys and did a dance done by linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed during team warm-ups before each game.

Like nearly all Ravens fans, the Millers will be watching the team take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

Converted: Finding a woman who wasn't a San Francisco 49ers fan wasn't a deal breaker for Phong Dang.

When Dang met his fiancée, Jamie Cederberg, she held no allegiance to an NFL team.

But Dang convinced Cederberg to convert, and she quickly became a fan of the 49ers and Alex Smith, who was replaced by Colin Kaepernick as the team's starting quarterback about two months ago. Since then, Cederberg has been cheering on the star quarterback.

"It's all about the Kaep now," Dang said.

The couple will be married in May.

Dang said he became a fan of the 49ers partly because he wanted to different from his twin brother, who is a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

"With us being so similar, I did not want to be an Eagles fan," Dang said.

Match made: Tynisha Butts found her Mr. Right is also a Ravens fan.

The York City woman is engaged to Ronnie Wilkes, formerly of Baltimore.

"I had to find someone who's a fan of the team I represent," she said.

The couple watches games together and has been known to "run around the house and act like fools" when the Ravens finish a big play, Butts said.

"When I found out she's a Ravens fan, I knew it was going to be special," Wilkes said.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.