Seattle Seahawks Player Agrees to Prom Date With Autistic Teen

By Connor Muldowney
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The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions and it must be nice to be on top of the football world. The NFL‘s best team has produced some feel-good stories such as Russell Wilson‘s constant children’s hospital visits and fullback Derrick Coleman‘s journey as a deaf professional athlete.

One more story — actually two — can be added on top of that list. Christine Michael, a rookie running back for the Seahawks, has agreed to go to prom with an autistic teen from Texas, Taylor Kirkwood.

The young girl’s mother took it upon herself to reach out to Michael and ask him if he would be so kind as to take her daughter to prom since she had already been named prom queen. Michael accepted the mother’s invitation and then she went on to hell her daughter the good news.

Taylor was excited, to say the least.

“After my teacher showed me the picture [of Michael], my eyes just lit up.”

Taylor’s mother, Stacie Holmes, said that she had no idea Michael would even reply, she just thought it was the least she could do for her daughter on one of the most exciting days of her young life.

Holmes had no idea, but she already had somewhat of a connection with the Seahawks’ running back. Holmes’ cousin actually went to high school with Michael in Texas about 50 miles from her daughter’s school, Anahuac High.

Seahawks’ tight end Luke Wilson started this trend of Seahawks going to prom with fans earlier this spring, accepting an invitation from a girl from his high school in Lasalle, Ontario, Canada.

Seahawks have big hearts.

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