Seahawks running back Christine Michael to attend prom with autistic Texas teen

The Seattle Seahawks are awfully popular after their recent Super Bowl victory, and as everyone who has survived high school knows, with popularity comes a whole lot of prom proposals.

Seahawks running back Christine Michael is the second member of the team to accept a prom invitation in the past month, and his April 12 date has a particularly heartwarming story behind it.

Taylor Kirkwood, 18, is autistic and recently underwent surgery to treat scoliosis, so her mom Stacie Holmes wanted to treat her daughter, according to a KPRC-TV feature. And it just so happens Holmes' cousin attended Beaumont (Texas) West Brook High with Michael before he starred at Texas A&M. 

"I was just like we'll see what happens," she told KPRC. "I know he's busy and I wasn't sure if he could."

Well, it turns out he can, and his date is pretty popular, too. Kirkwood was voted homecoming queen at Anahuac High this past fall, and she's pretty pleased about her escort next week.

"After my teacher showed me the picture, my eyes just lit up," she told the local television news station.

Michael isn't the only Seahawks player who will be attending a prom this spring. Luke Willson received a rather forward invite from LaSalle (Ont.) St. Thomas of Villanova senior Stephanie Dufour during a Q&A session the Seattle tight end hosted at his alma mater last month, according to Canada's CBC News.

"I want to have a hotter prom date than all my friends," said Dufour as applause from the student body began to build, "so I was wondering if you would go to prom with me." How could Willson say no?

Michael, 23, and Willson, 24, were both rookies this past season for the Super Bowl champions.

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