Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Love of Jaguars Drew Couple Together

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Love of Jaguars Drew Couple Together

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Byline: Robyn Brody

Manika Chuon met Eddie Quinones when they were all out with mutual friends in Orlando in 2014. It was love at first sight for Eddie, especially when he found out Manika was not only a big football fan, but that her favorite team was the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I said 'no way. That's my favorite team, too.'" Eddie said he recalled thinking he loved this girl already. They talked the entire night. Manika also sensed an instant attraction. "There was obviously a physical chemistry from the get go. We met on a Saturday. Our first date was the next Wednesday and we've been inseparable ever since."

Eddie is a solution consultant and Manika is a behavior therapist who works with kids with developmental disabilities. They feel a great bond and friendship. Early on, Eddie told Manika she was someone he could be with for the long haul. She felt the same way. Of course, there is that bonus of both being Jags fans. They go to almost every home game. Manika laughs describing how it would be a deal breaker to her if Eddie didn't like football. At a game last year, she spotted former Jaguar running back Fred Taylor and made a bee line toward him so they could get a picture with him.

But it's not all about sports. In December 2015, Eddie treated Manika to third-row seats for the Nutcracker Ballet. Afterwards, he asked her to go for walk around a lake. He found the perfect spot to propose. Manika said yes, but it is still somewhat of a blur. "I was in a daze." They went back to their house and that's when the celebration began. Manika's friends and family were gathered there to surprise her. Then there was a second wave of surprises when a group of Manika's friends who came from out of town popped in to join in the festivities.

Manika and Eddie were married on Jan. 27 at First Congregational Church of Winter Park. …

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