10,000 RTs get teen a prom date with NFL cheerleader
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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/10000-rts-get-teen-prom-date-nfl-cheerleader/

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  • nickclark
    5/12/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    The reason I think the media is crazy about mike is he got a Texan cheerleader prom date.It would
    be cool to go to prom.

  • alexiselam
    5/12/2014 - 02:09 p.m.

    I am happy for this kid. He got a prom date with a Texans cheerleader. How rare is it for a high school student to get a cheerleader like that to prom? At least he's happy.

  • jordynhart
    5/12/2014 - 02:49 p.m.

    This is so sweet! I love how nice she was. He is so lucky that he actually got to go to the prom with this NFL cheerleader who is really pretty and sweet to him and she keeps her promise into him taking her to the prom. This is a memory to never forget. He probably was so shocked when she said yes from the deal on twitter. Im happy he had a nice prom. He is so sweet for taking her to a nice dinner and being a gentlemen. Hope he had a nice time!

  • allanaortega
    5/12/2014 - 02:57 p.m.

    I really like this article it's really cool. At first i thought it was a joke i never really thought she would go to prom with him. Also i really like how she was a cheerleader for the Texans i like that team.

  • curtiscoleman
    5/12/2014 - 02:59 p.m.

    That is a very big coincidence, all though it is very funny. I do disagree with the reporters following Cortez were ever he goes.

  • Donoafroman
    5/12/2014 - 03:00 p.m.

    this man is lucky a lucky man.i whish I could go to prom with an nfl cheerleader. if I could I would go with a cheerleader from baltamore ravens.

  • raegannestell
    5/12/2014 - 03:19 p.m.

    WOW! That is amazing. It went from Ms. America to a Texans cheerleader! I think it was a good idea, joke and all he got what he asked for.

  • whit-king11
    5/12/2014 - 03:41 p.m.

    Wow! When I read that my jaw dropped to the floor! I think that that the media was all up in their business was because you don't see a NFL cheerleader for the Texans go to prom with a not good looking guy with not all of the popularity every day.

  • dunl-dancerr
    5/12/2014 - 03:48 p.m.

    they media is always working on something. i don't quite understand why they went for this particular story. Maybe they were running out of ideas.

  • wels-larebear
    5/12/2014 - 03:51 p.m.

    The media and press were probably interested in Mike's story because they wanted to do a story on a real life situation that was interesting. I think that they made a good decision on choosing this story.

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