Joe Haden to Attend Independence High School Prom

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]

  • Eli

    It doesn’t matter at all if he does these things for the publicity or good will it generates. Actions like this are the sign of a good guy.

  • dwhit110

    Joe Haden is the best.

  • BenRM

    Joe Haden is the man!

  • VA Buckeye

    Classy move

  • RGB

    Joe Haden rules.

  • BrownsFanSF

    You rock Joe!  We need to find a way to engineer a bro-mance between him and Kyrie

  • Hypno_Toad

    The school’s starting wide receiver tried to ask the girl to go but Joe shut him down.

  • Harv 21

    Braylon would have done the same, except they would never ask a Michigan man.

    So you invest one night doing something spontaneous like this instead of playing PS in your man cave or hitting a club. The return on the 5 hour investment is lifetime hero status in Cleveland. Whether this is a self-conscious marketing plan or you are just a hopelessly incorrigible extrovert, you are a breath of fresh air, Joe.

  • DonFelder

    I have to conclude he’s just a good guy. I’ve had a few chance encounters with him myself, and he was friendlier than you could ever expect. I’ve also heard several second-hand accounts of such encounters, and they’re always the same: really nice guy.

  • “I’ve been out combing the high schools all day” – Booger

  • the man

     Braylon would only go if a guy asked him!

  • Max

    Joe Haden has security, and people on the payroll to drive him around so he won’t get into trouble if he goes out to have some fun. Just another reason why he is awesome. He really does get it.

  • USSChoo

    Really? That’s what you have to add to this conversation?

  • Garry_Owen

    Somebody had to take us to the 5th grade level.

    (Since Haden is only trolling for High Schoolers!).


  • Grubber

    It’s hard not to like JH.  We need more like him.  based on what i have read it looks like Mark Ingram is in the same mold.  We just might have some going on in Browns Town!!

  • Fern

    I think you mean Shaun Alexander.

  • mgbode

    Roger Craig

  • 379mayhem

    Trent Richardson

  • This is A difference between UFlorida and UMiami. While taking a girl to her high school prom borders something statutory, (ahem) a public guy like this isn’t about to “bite that pile.” (Adam & Eve reference) I doubt I could say the same about a UMiami derelict. A heartwarming story.

  • mgbode

    sure, ruin the fun 🙂

  • mgbode

    yeah, we all know from the Urban Meyer articles that UFlorida guys are a bunch of choirboys and angels.

  • Franklin

    I am amazed at all this praise heaped on these athletes, college and pro, who go to proms with teenagers.   I am waiting for the day when a black guy goes out of his way to take a black girl to her prom.  The parents of these girls are perhaps hoping that these hook-ups with wealthy, or potentially wealthy, jocks, might translate into Independent Retirement Accounts for them.  What they should do is learn from the ex-wives of the likes of Terrell Owens.

  • Sad Viewer

    Does any one see a problem here.  It is ok for a adult football player to take a high school girl to prom?????  If this was a teacher…he would be locked up.

  • Nastynas1981

    she’s 18 and he’s not a teacher..he’s only 23 years old don’t really see the issue.

  • BrownsFanSF

    I don’t think this has anything to do with romance.  It’s just a nice guy doing a nice guy thing.  Even if Joe was 30, I don’t really see a problem with it.  Anyway, he’s a celebrity, chances are the guy has a bout 4 total seconds of alone time with her.  I’m sure he’ll give her a little kiss on the cheek at the end of the night and that will be the end of it.