Football star Megan Rapinoe and basketball player Sue Bird are one of the most popular couples in America.
The power couple announced their engagement in October 2020, after four years of dating.
Who is Sue Bird?
Sue Bird, 41, is a retired professional basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Seattle Storm team.
She led the team to four championships and won four Olympic gold medals, one NCAA championship and four FIBA World Cup titles.
She is one of only 11 women to have received all of these awards.
In addition to this, she is a five-time Euroleague champion.
Bird is known as one of the 20 best players in the league of all time.
On Friday, January 7, 2022, Bird confirmed her return to the WNBA in an Instagram post, marking her 19th NBA season and 21st place since her pick.
When did Baird announce her retirement?
Bird announced her retirement in June 2022.
She took to Twitter to share the official news with her fans:
“I decided this was going to be my last year. I loved every minute, and still do, so I’m going to play last year, just like this little girl who played my first #TheFinalYearseattlestorm,” Wrote.
On Sunday, August 7, Bird played her last game of the regular season in Seattle.
“Right now, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, how grateful I am,” Bird said while addressing the fans after the match.
“Not just for today, all of you showing up and supporting us, but for 21 years…This place isn’t just where I played, it’s where I call home.”
She was given a special ring, and Mayor of Seattle, Bruce Harrell, declared August 7, 2022, to be “Sue Bird Day,” according to CBS Sports.
On September 6, 2022, Sue officially retired from the WNBA after her last game against the Aces. In this game, her team, Storm, was eliminated from the playoffs in Game Four with a score of 97-92.
Sue said, “I think at first I was sad about the season and the match. I think then when the feelings started to surface, that’s also what I know deep down in that, it was my last game.
“So it was a combination of those two things, but overall it just seems kind of weird.”
Who is Megan Rapinoe?
Aside from being one of the new faces of Victoria’s Secret, along with Her fiancée, Rapinoe is a professional athlete.
Rapinoe, 35, plays as a winger and captain for the OL Reign Women’s National Football League, as well as the United States national team.
She is also known as an advocate for gender pay equity.
When did Sue Bird get engaged to Megan Rapinoe?
Rapinoe and Bird announced their engagement in October of 2020 via Instagram.
Bird shared a photo of Rapinoe sitting on one knee with a ring on her left hand.
There was no comment on the photo shared, but Team Bird posted their congratulations on Twitter.
“Ring season,” the tweet read.
“Congratulations to the power couple on their engagement!!!”
The couple met at the 2016 Olympics and started dating soon after in 2017.
Bird came out publicly gay that same year in ESPN story, while also confirming her relationship with Rapinoe.
“It happens when it happens because that’s the right feeling,” Bird told the outlet.
“So even though I understand there were people who thought I should have done it sooner, it just didn’t work for me at the time. I have to be honest with that. It’s my journey.”
When the outlet asked Rapinoe about her relationship with Bird, she said, “We have a lot in common and kind of click.
“I’m kidding, she’s my number one person for advice. She’s very well-balanced.”