If you’ve ever been to Outback Steakhouse — and even if you haven’t — there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the Bloomin’ Onion. This popular appetizer, which is similar to onion rings, has become incredibly popular by Outback customers everywhere.

For most people, their love for the Bloomin’ Onion simply means that they have to order it every time they go to Outback. But for one man, his love for the Bloomin’ Onion goes way beyond just wanting to eat it. Instead, he wants to BE it.

Earlier this year, a man named Ryan Nanni took to Twitter to express his desire to get the chance to dress as the Bloomin’ Onion in the Outback Bowl.

For the entire year, Ryan tweeted the restaurant’s official Twitter account and he gained the support of thousands of people in the process.

Although the road was long and hard, it looks like Ryan’s perseverance paid off and his dream of becoming the Bloomin’ Onion has finally come true.

Continue to page 2 to see Ryan’s Bloomin’ debut…