Eric Johnson fell hard when he met Jessica in May, reportedly abandoning his plans to attend the prestigious Wharton School of Business to stay by her side. The starlet was equally smitten and, as is her dating custom, gushed about her beau's finer qualities, from his Ivy League education to his "hottie" looks. Not one of the former NFL player's virtues: timing.
Just days after Simpson's ex-husband, Nick Lachey, slipped a behemoth sparkler on Vanessa Minnillo's finger, Johnson followed suit by popping the question to Simpson with a non-traditional (and much-mocked) emerald and gold ring.
The move led some cynical types to call the move a "desperate" case of face-saving "one-upmanship." But Jessica wasn't deterred in her happiness, telling "Good Morning America," "The best thing about Eric is that he's just really thoughtful, and he keeps me very centered."