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Chiefs' Super Bowl win was a victory for wedded bliss

Todd Dorsey and Rebecca Calvin, of Palmyra, Mo., pose in Quincy on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. After joking that the two would get married if the Kansas City Chiefs ever won a Super Bowl, Dorsey popped the big question. Their son, Evan, 18, is ordained and will be wedding his parents. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 9, 2020 12:10 am Updated: Feb. 9, 2020 12:14 am

PALMYRA, Mo. — The timing was perfect. Finally.

When Todd Dorsey popped the question, he was pretty sure Rebecca Calvin would say "yes" to becoming his wife.

After all, Dorsey and Calvin have been together for a little more than 20 years. The couple also have three children together.

So why the long wait before any official proposal — and acceptance?

Here's where it gets interesting.

Dorsey has been a longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan, and Calvin followed suit soon after they began going together.

"The first time I went to Arrowhead (Stadium in Kansas City), I was hooked," Calvin said.

Their combined devotion to the Chiefs will forever be illustrated by an unofficial "agreement" they made many years ago. They vowed they would get married as soon as the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

When Kansas City finally did win its first Super Bowl in 50 years on Feb. 2, it was time to take that agreement -- and their relationship -- to the next level.

"Right after the Chiefs won, I got down on my knee and asked (Rebecca) to marry me," Dorsey said. "I took a plastic ring off one of the cupcakes she had made and asked her."

Don't worry, Calvin now has an official ring on the way. At the time, however, Dorsey needed to improvise.

"I never thought it would happen" Calvin said. "It's kind of surreal, and kind of exciting."

The couple has set no marriage date, but hopes to have the ceremony at — drum roll, please — Arrowhead Stadium, presumably on the 50-yard line.

And here's where it gets even more interesting.

The couple will be married by their oldest child, 18-year-old son Evan Dorsey, who is an ordained Universal Life Church minister.

"I did it online," Evan Dorsey said.

Evan's siblings also will be a part of the wedding. Ethan Dorsey is 13 and Emma Dorsey 4.

Evan is all smiles when he talks about Super Bowl Sunday. He'll never forget his mom's reaction after the Chiefs rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

"Right after Kansas City won, my mom said, ‘I'm getting my ring!' " Evan said. "Everyone at school is excited, too. They all knew about it."

Todd Dorsey admitted that the last few minutes of the game, when first the Chiefs rallied to take the lead and then held on for the victory, provided some anxious moments.

He also admitted the couple's path to the altar has not been textbook in nature.

"It's a little different," said Dorsey, who punctuated his thought with a good-matured chuckle.

Different? Certainly. Heartwarming? You betcha.

"It's special, and it's exciting," said Marcy Hamilton, an instructor at Palmyra High School, where Evan Dorsey attends.

Evan is enrolled in Hamilton's interpersonal relationships class. Hamilton has had him for a student in one class or another since he was a freshman.

The pending Dorsey-Calvin marriage is a big topic at the high school, Hamilton said.

"Everyone's excited about this," Hamilton said. "It's a unique story."

There can be no arguing that point.

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