WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- "Robert!"
"We formally invite you to the 2013 Marine Corps Ball!"
That's how self-described "die-hard Redskins fans" and coupleSgt. Jimmy Shea and CrystalSheabegin their plea to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his wife, Rebecca,in a YouTube video posted this past week.
After a quick wardrobe change into Redskins apparel, the Sheas list 10 reasons why they thinkthe superstar athlete and his wife should attend the ball with them.
One of the reasons is that it's Jimmy Shea's last Marine Corps Ball (he's been in the Marine Corps for more than seven years) and his first with his wife. The couple has been married for more than a year and a half, butSgt. Shea later told us that he was deployedforsix months a couple of months into the marriage, which is why he hasn't been able to go with his wife to the ball.
In the video, the Sheas dance, yell and beatbox through their list but then they get serious.
"Honestly, it would mean the world to us if you two joined us this November at the ball," says Crystal Shea.
"We'll be in the D.C. area on November 2nd, that's a Saturday night. Just hit me up if you need the deets," adds Jimmy Shea before running off-screen.
Just in case youwere wondering about the quarterback's schedule,the Redskins play against the Chargers at FedEx Field Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.
Sgt. Shea told us on Friday that he has never invited any celebrities to the ballbefore but had talked to Crystal about possibly asking the quarterback and his wife to the event. One day after work as a social media/broadcast photojournalist for the Corps, Shea and his wife decided to make the YouTube video outside their home in Columbia, Md.
"We jotted a few similarities that we have with them and started recording. We came up with ideas on the fly, like the dance moves and beatboxing, and changing into Redskins attire," said Shea, who told usfilming and editing took abouttwo hours. The couple posted the video on YouTube that night.
"We're all military brats. He was born on Okinawa, I was stationed in Okinawa. His dad deployed earlier in the war, as did my dad. We beatbox. They're married. They make YouTube videos (Pop Rocks and Tootsie Pops) and we do too," Sgt. Shea told us on Friday in an email.
When asked about why he chose to make a YouTube video, he said, "If I was asking my neighbor across the street, I could walk up and ask in person. But with someone like Robert Griffin III and his wife, you can't just walk up to them or send them a letter. If you did somehow manage to get an opportunity to ask in person, it would probably be a few seconds of, 'Hey can you go to the ball with my wife and I?!' while a ton of other fans are around you clawing for autographs or a handshake."
Shea told us he did attempt to ask the quarterback to the Marine Corps Ball in person, slipping RGIII a note with the YouTube link and contact information during the Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon. He said RGIII acknowledged his request to check it out.
A look at Sgt. Shea's YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/user/JimmyDShea?feature=watch)shows that he's comfortable using YouTube, but he also told us thatthis videoallowed others to get a sense of the couple's personalities. "Crystal and I have a blast together, regardless of what we're doing. And when other people hang out with us, they usually have a good time too. We make each other laugh and make others laugh," shared Shea.
The Sheas hope was that the video was be shared enough times to reach RGIII. It seems the video is spreading. Sgt. Shea said he was recognized by someone at the Redskins vs. Bills game as "the Marine who made the invite video for RGIII" and he has spotted his different websites. Shea said he also sent a message to Griffin's personal Facebook page and the message was marked as read, though that doesn't necessarily mean the quarterback clicked on the link.
Shea shared some other encouraging news that RGIII may have seen his video by now: he said the quarterback's sisters have retweetedhis tweet about the video andshared the link on Facebook.
See the video for yourself here: http://youtu.be/n0VVg7kciMQ