Found May 09, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
PLAYERS: Joe Haden
TEAMS: Cleveland Browns
Joyce Grendel, a Senior at Independence High School took the prom plunge. Joe Haden said “yes.” In a story written by ESPNCleveland’s Will Burge, Grendel had yet to find a date for her school’s upcoming Senior Prom, asked Haden, via Twitter, if he would be her guest and he immediately obliged. “I didn’t have a prom date so I decided just to ask (Haden) just to see what he would say,” said Grendel. “So I wrote him (on Twitter) and he replied right away. It’s just really exciting. [...] I knew he was a like a really nice guy but I just thought he would be too busy,” said Joyce. “When he said yes I was like the happiest person on earth.” Per Burge, when it came time for Haden to attend his Senior Prom in Friendly, Maryland, he could not do so, having committed to the University of Florida and enrolling early to play spring football. He is planning on going to Joyce’s home for pictures and then his security will drive him, Joyce, and another couple to the prom. [Related: Holmgren goes on media tour promising ‘big jump’ for Browns in 2012]

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