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 (88)
  • mr06ferg
    5/12/2014 - 08:41 a.m.

    I think that this was a generous thing for the cheerleader to go to the prom with the high school football player. she didn't have to do it but it was a fair deal on twitter.

  • bc31food
    5/12/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    i think it's amazing to have a chance to go to prom with someone you admire, It was also very fascinating that this cheerleader actually responded to his tweet asking her to prom and saying yes, it gives him a great opportunity.

  • milleniab
    5/12/2014 - 08:56 a.m.

    Lol they cute and that's cool he got to go to prom with that cheerleader but i bet they had a fun cool time going there.

  • anag7916
    5/12/2014 - 09:04 a.m.

    i guess it's because its about the NFL cheerleader but i also think that's cute and specially when is about prom he probably had a good time with the NFL cheerleader.

  • SpencerG-4
    5/12/2014 - 09:45 a.m.

    This is actually really funny, the two most unlikely people are prom dates. Big mikes prom will be he would never forget, especially because his date was NFL cheerleader. 10,000 retweets for the date is a lot, i wonder how he got so many in less than two days. I also wonder how the girl felt when she knew she had to keep her promise. This article is vey interesting and i liked it.

  • kharris821139
    5/12/2014 - 10:26 a.m.

    WOW I wish that was me cause that's a very big thing that happened. A NFL cheerleader with a young man he will get honored for having her as a prom date.And That is why I would love to be in his situation.

  • duboseyaida
    5/12/2014 - 10:34 a.m.

    why did Mike Ramirez sit on the bleachers if he was a football player the coach should at least give him a chance even if he wasn't the best?

  • maresiap1
    5/12/2014 - 11:47 a.m.

    thats are very smart of him to do that cause he wanted to spend his high school year with her at prom and that was very smart on tweeter .

  • JJ5donut
    5/12/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    This is cute and suprising she coooperated so easily. This is a dream for a highschooler. he got an oppertonity to go on a date and everything

  • briannaheckert
    5/12/2014 - 02:06 p.m.

    One-thousand retweets! How could she say no to that? It was very sweet of her to say yes and take the time out of her busy schedule and go to prom with him. It was very clever of him to put the proposal on twitter. I hope they had a fun time at prom.

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