The Miraculous Discovery: Missing Engagement Diamond Found At Bryant-Denny Stadium

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There are crazy stories, and then there’s the story of what went down over the weekend at Bryant-Denny, where an Alabama fan had her engagement diamond fall out of its setting Saturday during the Texas A&M game. Wesley & Gabriell Darby attended the game and sat in the upper deck. Besides the 2020 COVID restrictions, it was a normal college football Saturday. Bama dominated, and the Darbys went home only to discover Gabriell was missing a diamond from her engagement ring.

Thus begins the gripping story that’s going to have women on the edges of their seats. Rick Karle of WVTM-13 picks up the story from here, as Gabriell hunts for her missing diamond.

“It’s early Sunday morning and Gabriell decides to call the number. It’s a University Of Alabama Game Day message center,” Karle writes. “Gabriell doesn’t expect much. After all, it’s a Sunday.

“It’s an hour after she makes the call and her phone rings. Really? A return call from UA? On a Sunday?

“Gabriell tells the kind caller that she is missing her diamond. Missing what is and always will be a part of her. She hangs up the phone and hopes.”

Events management staffer Victoria Giattina is tasked with taking a look in the section where the Darbys were sitting to see if by chance the ring fell out around their seats.

After around 40 minutes of searching and finding absolutely nothing, Giattina makes one last effort by going beyond row 29 where Gabriell was sitting. Bingo! The missing diamond is found in a stadium with a capacity of 102,000.

What were the odds of the diamond being discovered? I don’t set many odds, but they had to be high. 1 in 500,000 chance? Higher? That was a 3:30 ET kickoff. Think of all the places that diamond could’ve been and then think about finding it in the upper deck. Insane and easily a miraculous discovery that will have women crying tears of joy for Gabriell and Victoria.

Even is that crazier this isn’t the first time this fall we’ve written about rings at football games. Just two weeks ago, the case of Colts linebacker Darius Leonard and his missing wedding ring popped up. Turns out, the ring came off when he went to throw his game gloves to kids in the stands. Luckily the kids contacted Leonard, and he got the ring back.

The lesson: watch out for your rings if you attend any football games in 2020. It’s a crazy year. Be careful. Hold on tight.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Roll Tide.

    True Story:

    I took my son to see Bama in Saban’s first year, 2007. The Quad was packed with fans. Generations of fans and barbecue and booze and flat screen 📺 tv’s. A 150,000 person party.

    The game starts and everyone leaves the quad. And they leave all their stuff. Bama loses to Louisiana Monroe.

    After the game the party picks up where it left off. Nothing damaged or stolen. Safe. Like a huge family.

    Not suprised that a Diamond was safe.

    Roll Tide Roll

  2. Survey of Power 5 Conferences:
    SEC: Fan loses diamond; attendant searches tirelessly; ring returned to owner.
    Pac-12: Fan loses diamond; team of attendants are dispatched by commissioner’s office; Larry Scott’s wife gets a new diamond ring.
    Big 12: Fan loses diamond; nothing found; attendant’s family gets a new tractor.
    Big 10: Fan loses diamond; 160 page investigative report with no conclusions is generated; 7 “unrelated” shootings occur within 4 days; diamond turns up in a Gary, IN pawn shop.
    ACC: Fan loses diamond; call to stadium goes unanswered; attendant’s partner gets a new front tooth with a huge diamond in it.

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