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SB Nation’s Ryan Nanni achieves his dreams, becomes Bloomin' Onion mascot thanks to 10,000 retweets



SB Nation’s Ryan Nanni served as the Bloomin’ Onion Man mascot in the second half of the 2018 Outback Bowl between Michigan and South Carolina. ESPN’s feature from the game broadcast, narrated by play-by-play man Adam Amin, is here:

The onion’s job is to cheer on the game’s official Bloomin’ Onion team. In this case, it’s South Carolina. Therefore:

Here’s the story:

Nanni had one wish this year: to be the Bloomin’ Onion at this year’s Outback Bowl. This wasn’t some idea he wanted to just because the game is just around the corner. No, Ryan was talking about this as early as January.

But December hit and there was no promise from Outback that this would happen. With the Outback Bowl less than a month away, Ryan reached out to everyone on Twitter, but first he’d have to make a deal with Outback.

It didn’t take long for Outback to respond and they have him a goal: get 10,000 retweets and you get the job.

And with that, Twitter assembled. Let’s pile up those retweets!

Some people made some bold promises if Ryan got 10,000 retweets. We’re not going to hold them to this, although the thought of a cold one would pair well with a Bloomin’ Onion.

RYAN GOT THE RETWEETS! HE’S GOING TO BE THE DANG BLOOMIN’ ONION! And he did it in a little less than five hours too.

Congratulations Ryan. You see, dreams do come true. You just need a vision and a few thousand retweets. The only way this can get any better is if we get Ryan to hug Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh or South Carolina’s Will Muschamp in the middle of the game.