Dreams can come true and New Yorker Ryan Nanni is living proof. Kicking off 2018, the 32nd annual Outback Bowl will be taking place on New Year's Day between the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks — and Nanni will be there to see it... as a giant fried onion. Yes, the SB Nation contributor — whose Twitter profile boldly states, "my only professional goal for 2017: to serve as the Bloomin Onion at the next Outback Bowl" — will fulfill his year-long goal by adorning the iconic Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion mascot suit in Tampa come January 1.
For the better part of a year, I’ve been telling y’all I want to be Bloomin Onion Man at the Outback Bowl. At first, it was just a fun goof for the Fullcast and such.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) December 5, 2017
But now that we’re getting closer to the game itself…I like REALLY want to do this. So I’m going to try a bit of a Hail Mary (sports term) here, shameless social media style.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) December 5, 2017
Y’all are awesome. I promise to wear that big beautiful onion with pride and honor.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) December 5, 2017
i saw it at 9,995 and was so so excited to help get across the line...— andy veasey (@freeveasey) December 5, 2017
I am actually crying. It's was the most emotional Twitter story I've ever seen. I am so happy for you. Congratulations!— Lee (@Leeturanga) December 6, 2017
Hey, can you turn the game on?— Adrian Cobb 🎄 (@adriancobb) December 6, 2017
Sure. Want to check the score?
No, my friend is dressed as a giant bloomin’ onion.
There's just one question remaining: What will Nanni's 2018 goal be?