Huffpost Sports

'It's Been Like A Fairy Tale:' NFL Player Gives Teen With Autism The Prom Night Of Her Dreams

Posted: Updated:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Prom night was even more memorable for one lucky Houston teen.

Taylor Kirkwood, 18, had the night of her life last Saturday when a Superbowl champion took her to prom.

Christine Michael, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is a family friends with the Kirkwoods, and agreed to take Taylor to the Anahuac High School prom, reported.

"I'm just here for Taylor," Michael told the outlet. "It's a blessing. Like I said, she's a beautiful kid. I'm very proud of her."

Kirkwood is autistic, and also had scoliosis until she had corrective surgery for it a few years ago. Autism has left her with limited speech, but her high school classmates nominated her for Homecoming Queen earlier this year because of her perseverance, according to

The pair posed for prom pictures, danced together and had a prom night that neither Kirkwood, nor her peers, are likely to forget anytime soon.

"I'm totally over the moon about everything," Kirkwood's mom told the outlet. "I'm ecstatic. It's been like a fairy tale."

Also on The Huffington Post

Facts About Autism
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Autistic teen takes Seahawks running back Christine Michael to prom

Seahawks player to go to prom with local autistic teen | News - Home

Best prom date ever: Seahawk Michael to take autistic teen to her ...

Seahawks RB Christine Michael is taking an autistic teenager to her ...

Seattle Seahawks' Christine Michael taking autistic teenager to high ...

Monday Round-Up: Christine Michael to take autistic teen to prom ...

Seahawks running back Christine Michael takes Texas teen to high ...

From Our Partners