Browns cornerback Joe Haden takes high school senior to prom (Video)

When people dish out date requests to athletes such as Ricky Rubio or Tim Tebow over the Internet, they often turn up fruitless. But that wasn’t the case when Ohio teen Joyce Grendel — through Twitter, no less — managed to get Browns cornerback Joe Haden to take her to her senior prom on Friday.

When Haden pulled up in his white Lamborghini, Grendel, 18, started freaking out: “Oh my God, oh my God. Mom, I’m scared.” The anxiety was mutual.

“I am nervous, t00,” Haden told Fox 8 in Cleveland. “We were taking pictures with me and her family. I feel this is very legit, like I was getting ready, ‘Does this look cool?’ when I’m getting ready. I feel like I’m very legit. This is my prom, too.”

Haden, who didn’t attend his own prom, was more than happy to oblige a fan’s request.

“I knew her because she tweets me a lot, and she’s been a really good Haden Nation supporter,” Haden said. “All my autographs, all my signings, she always shows up.”

This wasn’t the first time a member of the Browns has gotten their slow dance on during prom season this year. Last month, Trent Richardson, before he was drafted by Cleveland, accompanied a leukemia patient to her prom.

Those Cleveland Browns sound like a bunch of stand-up guys. So, if you’re from Ohio and out of options for a prom date, maybe you could give Colt McCoy a call. I’m sure he’d love to know at least somebody in the state still cares about him.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EAA7S32NW7IFYORIUFZMHTZEX4 Paver

    Always nice to see the good guys in the NFL

  • Anonymous

    big girls need love too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dartagnan-Narvaez/100001038978115 Dartagnan Narvaez

    Your are class act,Haden.

  • Anonymous

    Really cool to see this.  Haden is a man who respects his fans

  • Anonymous

    Hey, you have not because you ASK NOT.  

  • http://www.consumerproducts4all.blogspot.com Sanford Hall

    Leave McCoy alone, he will be just gine. McCoy will be a good QB despite all the writers and players picking on him.
    Good Luck McCoy I am pulling for you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GVPOHSGILUWWHOQ5EY4LH5JB4Q Anonymous


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4HKWO5HYJILBOUJADSMPQAJBHA Akil

    Why is it that these black professional athletes are always portrayed exclusively helping out some european/caucausian person but never their own people.       

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fay-Wilson/100001899533392 Fay Wilson

    I think it is wonderful to do a good deed, her date back out  so he is just filling in. It is great to see a young man do something good,  out the goodness of his heart. Way to go from a grandmother of 8. I’m thinking you on the behalf of the young lady and I ‘m black.

  • Anonymous

    Akil, you bring up an interesting point. But then again, why aren’t enough of his OWN people rallying around HIM offering enough visible support? Questions tinged with racism will only appear as a “Calling us out” tactic to SOME of our european/caucasian friends, which will get you no where. They’ll always win and counter with something more substantial to cover up or to justify.

  • Çharles Dent

     These aren’t INTELLIGENT, questions or statements on RACE, they are undereducated ramblings and reactionary dribbling.  Yes, these are strange times
    when so many under educated citizens speak so loudly about BLACK and WHITE
    as though it is just that simple as ALL BLACK PEOPLE and ALL WHITE PEOPLE
    are alike and are representative of just two diametrically opposed RACES, can our culture PLEASE GROW UP???

  • http://www.facebook.com/ativea.gray Ativea Gray

    everything does not have to be about race. im a black woman and i think that was a noble thing to do. besides maybe no one black asked him. besides his decision should be based on generosity should race. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ativea.gray Ativea Gray

    not race

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbie-Raith/1048362143 Debbie Raith

    It’s good to see that there are those that want to see the racial comments and unwanted tensions stop. Hasn’t is gone on long enough?! Yes, there have been terrible events in our past; but that is why it is called the past! We are to move on, correct it and move forward. I think this young CB is able to look past the exterior appearance and saw  a supporter that needed a date for the prom and had nerve enough to ask! I applaud both of them and I hope they had a wonderful night to remember forever! Hats off to you, Joe Haden!!!!    and also to those that make the effort! I have a diverse group of friends and I love them all!!!!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbie-Raith/1048362143 Debbie Raith

    Amen! Terrific comment!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A45UO5T3I4KSWQOFQLO5RS2ROY Warren

    Damn we got a Young Black Guy doing something positive for a change and thats still not good enough in some ignorant people eyes

  • Anonymous

    While I do not accept that race is a prominent factor in everything one does. I must admit it irks me when people, of supposedly, good will seems to simply atttempt to put all the racial tension in America as a thing of the past. While I do not agree or it is not my business as to whether race was a factor in  this  event. As a black male I am  very aware that Black is not a monothlic race, nor is any other race. However, it would be important to identify some common goals. It might also help to designate exactly who is a Black Americian. ALSO, their are two many so-called experts on what should be a black’s opinion or frame of mind. ALLOW US, individually, to formulate our own opinion. I have no problem with someone giving me verifable facts but don’t simply suggest or demand I accept others opinions. My opinion is that racial tension should and must be of concern. To simply state it is  a thing of the past or the improvement in this area is to simplistic , in fact it is dangerous.

  • http://twitter.com/alkematic Alkema the Great

    what a dumb comment smh, you don’t even have an idea what other charitable things he has done

  • Anonymous

    Dear Joe,  From the first time I met you at florida. You have always ben kind and so considerate of others. It fills my heart with joy to see tou have’t changed. You are the best. Take care and come see in G’ville. Love Ms G.

  • Anonymous

    Black the skin color has never stood alone in a description. Claiming to be black and being black are different. Black isn’t a color anyway sis. Black is the Essence from which ALL color comes from. Everything G’d made from the darkness. No ma’am “everything” doesn’t have to be about color, however when truth is spoken it should be acknowledged. I don’t think Akil was taking away from the Nobility of the experience, because the act is extremely Noble, I agree. It’s just heartfelt and amazing to feel a real act of such sentiment being displayed to a people other than our own. And the subliminal message of the media is for black men to abandon the black woman. When you want to conquer a people you attack them through their woman. It is through the womb of only a black woman that black men and women can continue to exsist. There is always an ultimate aim and purpose sister. As a Queen a King wants to keep his blood pure so his lineage of Kings continue in the land. One Love-

  • Anonymous

    You’ve just proven my point, albeit from a different angle. The growing up process that you have suggested, seems to have never caught on… take  look at our society today.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get you. As soon as Black people start talking about Blackness or even white people all of a sudden we become the racists. When we didn’t start, create or participate in RACISM. It was invinted and TAUGHT by white people. When  truth is expressed by a black person whites and even ignorant black people jump on the bandwagon of GET Over it, and as long as his blood is red. Trauma has always had a lasting affect on anyone. We don’t discredit or invalidate the experiences of any other people who have had horrific experiences. We display conciously and subconciously the internal affects of what has happened and still happening to us as a people. Yes, as a nation of people black people are SICK and BLIND. But according to the America that we live in when someone has a sickness they recieve some kind of a treatment to “cure”or heal one of their illness or handicap. Research is done to help the process of curing. But you and ignorant black people say forget your history you aren’t going through that anymore. Just stay in your condition and wait to die! Counter/ Justify – That’s what unlearned cowards do! They counter with a weak excuse to continue in 

  • Anonymous

    Correct Alpha 352, which is why I made the comment “some seek to cover up (dismiss into the past), or justify actions.  Again, trying to talk about the issues at hand will get you no where…like trying to ride a tricycle up a steep hill. But my earlier question that I posed to Akil was part rhetorical, part cynical : Akil, you bring up an interesting point. But then again, why aren’t enough of his OWN people rallying around HIM offering enough visible support? 

  • Anonymous

    Hell no, Warren. It will NEVER be good enough. You should know that. Others won’t let it be good enough. Any suggestions otherwise? Because the walk on water has already been done…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1358706307 Edwin Flores

    People need to help them selves out. This is not a black or white issue. We are all human living in the same planet breathing the same air. you can’t get mad if people eat lettuce and tomatoe with pieces of fruit? Silly of you to comment on race. I voted for Obama and never look at him in a racial way. Although Obama mother is white and his dad is black doesn’t mean we should be saying why is it that a black man went after a white woman when he should be going out with his own race. Man grow up this is the 21st century!

  • Anonymous

    Dawud31: my earlier comments did not suggest the notion of ‘getting over it’, but rather to suggest a different approach other than giving way to harsh tones and racists bantering. My no win/get-you-no-where comment was a mere way to state that however you spin the wheel, others with power will spin it the other way. Then it becomes a pissing contest. We must continue on, bruised, sick, or otherwise, until our time is up here on this earth. The effects of racism will take a lifetime, more than our lifetime to change. We cannot make others bend like we want just because we are still hurting inside; but we can, however, continue to find and seek out the positives in life while we are on the road to recovery. I have tried, and succeeded most times, to not let the anger that I sometimes feel spill over into my personal and professional conversations- email, online, telephonically, etc. To some, it may seem cowardly; but, to others who have adopted this same rational, it has served as another way to heal, albeit slowly…

  • Anonymous

    Misunderstandings happen. Thanks for clarifying. I overstand your way of coping. I do the same quite honestly. It’s just I don’t only speak for myself when I express a PEOPLES pain,… i.e. Cause and Effect. Anger and Passion differs. Passion can make contact to any emotion; and for some it’s controlled. You are absolutely correct to the time it would take to “change” the Racial Hate. There are answers to all of it, but there is never a victory for only 1 team member. I have come to understand in my short life span that I can color my piece of the portrait but it’ll never completely beautify my wall… Thank you for your intellectual insight. PEACE

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Devon-Linger/100000023154701 Gary Devon Linger

      To continue to fester the wounds of the past is not healing. It is simply keeping the wounds open. Nobody should forget where they came from or the wrongs they suffered lest they may one day fall victim of the past renewed. At the same time it is counterproductive to carry resentment and anger. It only serves to hold a person back from truly overcoming and reaching ones full potential.
      To appreciate kindness of ALL humans to ANY humans is what we should aspire to. While it would be nice to see more acts of kindness from blacks to one another it is not achieved without first appreciating ALL acts of kindness from ALL people to each other.   Jesus laid down his life and lived as a servant to others. He served humbly but he kept his heart free of bitter anger and he made change passively. Buddha also lived humbly and free of anger. Had Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr not lived in ways that were in keeping with such great leaders there most likely would not be the change for the good that happened.

  • Anonymous

    Amen, Gary! I concur with everything that you’ve stated. I specifically like the second sentence of the second paragraph, as I had just mentioned something like that just earlier today. Actually, I’ve bee thinking this same thought for awhile now.