All eyes at the Bayonne prom are on Bayonne High senior Lauren Delbert, who is being accompanied by New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford.
On April 18, Delbert sent out a message via Twitter to Weatherford asking if he'd like to go to the prom with her. Shortly after, he accepted.
Delbert said she found an image of a football inscribed with the words "Wanna tackle prom with me?" on Pinterest and sent the tweet to Weatherford, who lives in Hoboken.
We're following Lauren on her big night, which includes a walk on the red carpet outside the school.
8:20 p.m. Weatherford arrives at the Excelsior Grand in Staten Island for the prom and meets up with Delbert and her boyfriend. If anyone thought this event would be a quickie photo-op for the NFL player, they were way off base.
"Meeting Lauren and her family has been the best part, getting the chance to go to prom with her," Weatherford said. "If I could make her night and make her prom more special, mission accomplished."
8:15 p.m. Prom-goers and Giants fans Chelsea Stirone and Jovanni Torres said they are "really pumped" for prom, especially for the chance to meet Weatherford. The couple, who have been dating more than three years, said they want to get autographs and maybe take a picture with him.
8:00 p.m. Bayonne High prom-goers arrive at the Excelsior Grand in Staten Island. Delbert and his boyfriend are here. Weatherford, who didn't ride on one of the charter buses, should be arriving shortly.
6:45 p.m. Bayonne High student Robert Cuevas joked with a Giants fan: "This is Lauren, this is (Weatherford's date). Get close to her to get to him." He added the weather was a good omen of the night.
6:30 p.m. Nice ring to it: Schumann is seen wearing the Super Bowl ring. "It's heavy," he said. "It's unreal. I grew up watching the Giants, and I watched them win two Super Bowls. Now I'm wearing one of the rings."
5:15 p.m. Super arrival: At the Delbert home: Weatherford put his Super Bowl ring on Lauren's mom and said to dad: "I'm taking your daughter to prom and now I'm stealing your wife."
Delbert bought boyfriend Stephen Schumann and Weatherford football corsages.
"I'm fine with it," said Schumann. "I'm happy he's taking time out of his schedule to come."
Weatherford arrived late, but took pictures with anyone who asked, both at red carpet and in front of house. Neighbors lined the streets waiting for Weatherford, who pulled up in a white convertible.
4:45 p.m. We meet again: Peggy Delbert, Lauren's mom, said this isn't the first time they've meet Weatherford. She said her family attended an autism awareness event where he was the guest speaker. Lauren walked up to Weatherford and said "Hi prom date," according to mom, and Weatherford "gave her a big hug."
3:15 p.m. A visit to the stylist: At The Hair Shop at 319 Broadway in Bayonne, stylist Vanessa Veled did Delbert's hair in a bun with a braid from the front that wraps around to the back. Delbert's makeup is a smoky purple color "that really enhances her hazel eyes." Veled said Delbert was quiet and seemed a little nervous during the appointment.
By | Patrick Villanova