10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader High school student Michael Ramirez, right, and Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn pose before attending the prom
10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader
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Mike Ramirez is a high school football player who spent most of his time on the bench last season and works part-time at a local McDonalds. Caitlyn is a cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans. Her life is devoted to intense workouts, coaching tumbling classes and studying communications at the University of Houston.

Yet 10,000 retweets later, the two are a prom couple.

For "Big Mike," as he's been known to his friends since his sophomore year at Crosby High School in suburban Houston, it all started as a joke during 3rd period, when Caitlyn followed him on a "Twitter following spree."

"I was all like, 'What if I took a Texans cheerleader to prom?'" Ramirez recalled asking his classmate. "He was like, that would be pretty cool."

So Ramirez sent Caitlyn a message. "If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!"

"Of course I will," responded Caitlyn, who according to Texans' policy isn't allowed to give her last name.

"Alrighttt!" Ramirez exclaimed.

Twenty-seven hours later, the high school senior who had recently broken up with his girlfriend had a date as well as a lot a series of semi-envious, semi-genuine "attaboy" tweets from friends and dozens of new Twitter followers.

"It was just as a joke," Ramirez said. "I didn't think I was going to actually get it."

And he really didn't think it would attract attention beyond Crosby, a town of 2,300 people on the outskirts of Houston.

That one Twitter message, though, made Ramirez's prom a bit more than he originally had in mind. Not only are there TV cameras and microphones eager to talk to him about the whole thing, his date was a bit of mystery.

The Texans decided the prom would be a blind date. All Ramirez knew about Caitlyn before they met was that her favorite color is pink and she likes sushi.

The two met Saturday night at Churrascos, an upscale Latin American restaurant, for dinner before prom.

Ramirez arrived first, with his mom, Monica Cortez, and eight friends of his friends.

Then Caitlyn arrived in a limousine, and six other Texans cheerleaders in uniform were at the restaurant to support her.

Ramirez opened the limo door for her, and she stepped out and gave him a hug. They exchanged a corsage and boutonniere.

Journalists were surrounding the limo when it arrived. When asked if there would be a second date, Michael indicated that he was hopeful for one or even a wedding, he said jokingly.

As for Caitlyn, she said, "I plead the fifth."

They were headed to prom at the Houston Museum of Natural Science after dinner.

From March until Saturday, the two had tried to go about their lives as normally as possible.

Ramirez worked his shifts at McDonald's, juggling interview requests in between. He hung out at the park with his friends. He tried on tuxedos with his mother, and played with his younger sisters.

Caitlyn continued her university class schedule, while intensifying workouts and hip-hop dance classes ahead of cheerleader tryouts in April. Officially on the team for a second year, she adjusted her schedule to continue teaching tumbling classes while going to practice and doing media interviews.

Ramirez's mother, meanwhile, tried to get a handle on it all. Cortez opened a Twitter account for the first time to help her son with retweets. Quickly, though, she became more adept. She congratulated the couple, and thanked Caitlyn in 140 characters.

Then she started taking screenshots of Ramirez's Twitter page as the interview requests piled up, telling him who to call and when.

"It's a little overwhelming," she said, wearing a red Project Graduation T-shirt while volunteering at a school fundraiser.

Yet she's excited. Tears well up in her eyes. Her baby, she points out, is graduating.

"In the very beginning to me it was just one of his pranks because that's just who Mike is. He likes to play around and joke around a lot, but I figured if he set his mind to it, it would work out," Cortez said.

Critical thinking challenge: The media publishes and broadcasts stories every day. Why is the media interested in Mikes story?

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COMMENTS (35)
  • melissaj-Ste
    5/11/2014 - 01:44 p.m.

    The media is interested in Mike's story because it's not everyday that a NFL cheerleader goes to prom with an average person. It was interesting how it all started on Twitter and everything. Mike's prom will definitely be a story to tell his kids.

  • davidb-Koc
    5/11/2014 - 11:44 p.m.

    I think that what Caitlyn did for mike was very nice. Getting a large amount of retweets on twitter is hard especially if you don't have that many followers. But I bet they had a very fun and amazing time at prom.

  • joshuar-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 12:05 a.m.

    That's really cool that an NFL cheerleader went to prom with this guy. For only 10,000 retweets that pretty nice of her to do such a thing and she is very pretty.

  • byronn-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 12:23 a.m.

    That's pretty cool. most people joke around about saying like he said, 'what if i got a famous person to go to prom with me', but the fact that she actually went through with what she said shows that maybe even though your famous you still have a heart to do what you said when someone does what they need to do to meet you or in this case go to prom with you.

  • ramsesv-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 01:12 a.m.

    That's cool how 10,000 retweets can get this guy the date of his life. I always see those post on Twitter but I never knew one could actually happen.

  • justinr-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 02:22 a.m.

    The media is interested in mike story because it is rare that a famous person would even look at a fans tweet or even respond to it and plus mikes tweet got over 10,000 retweets so of course the media would have to look into it

  • jesseh-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 02:36 a.m.

    I think it's cool if the cheerleader actually goes with the teen. I am a strong believer in twitter. If I got 10,000 rt's & she didn't go with me, I would be mad.

  • manuelp-Koc
    5/12/2014 - 02:46 a.m.

    That's pretty nice that she went with a big guy to prom cause it doesn't matter if your skinny or too fat or your ugly it doesn't matter cause there's people who care about you.

  • lk30pink
    5/12/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    I think thqat its really nice that she kept her promise and went to prom with him. I cant even believe how happy he was to go with a cheerleader to prom.

  • KH20deus
    5/12/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    this kid has guts but if i were to take a NFL cheer leader to prom i would be super hype inside and try to act normal.

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