Twitter proposal brings Texans cheerleader to prom

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High school student Michael Ramirez, right, and Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn pose for pictures outside a restaurant before attending the prom Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Houston. Ramirez sent Caitlyn a Twitter message saying “If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!†He did and so she said yes. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

High school student Michael Ramirez, right, and Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn pose for pictures outside a restaurant before attending the prom Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Houston. Ramirez sent Caitlyn a Twitter message saying “If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!†He did and so she said yes. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 10-11 – FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2013, file photo, Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Houston. Mike Ramirez is a Texas 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 Texans cheerleader whose 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 headed to the prom this Saturday on a blind date resulting from social media. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider, File)

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 10-11 – This image provided by Mike Ramirez shows the tweet Ramirez sent to Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn. Ramirez, a Crosby (Texas) High School senior is taking Caitlyn to prom Saturday night, May 10, 2014, all thanks to a burst of 10,000 retweets. (AP Photo/Mike Ramirez)

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 10-11 – FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2013, file photo, Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Houston. Mike Ramirez is a Texas 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 Texans cheerleader whose 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 headed to the prom this Saturday on a blind date resulting from social media. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider, File)

High school student Michael Ramirez, right, and Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn meet outside a restaurant before attending the prom Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Houston. Ramirez sent Caitlyn a Twitter message saying “If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!†He did and so she said yes. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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CROSBY, Texas (AP) — 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 Texans cheerleader whose 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

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