This past weekend, 18-year-old Lindsey Preston of Moulton, Alabama, got the surprise of her life when San Francisco 49ers safety Don Jones showed up to take her to prom.
The surprise date had been planned over a year in advance. It all began last year, when Lindsey’s mother, Kristi Martin, asked Jones if he would take Lindsey, who has Down syndrome, to her junior prom.
Martin first contacted Jones’ mother, who is an aid to special needs students at Lawrence County High School, where Lindsey is a senior, AL.com reported.
Unfortunately his schedule was too busy and he was unable to attend her junior prom.
Even though he couldn’t attend, it did not stop Jones from promising that “no matter what” he would take her to her next prom.
“Lindsey always stayed in contact with me and the family,” Jones told WBRC-TV. “Her mother asked me to go to prom with her last year so I told her I would be more than glad to.”
Jones showed up to Lindsey’s house on Friday night before the dance to take pictures. The 27-year-old football player wore a sleek black suit, and Lindsey wore a long black dress. They looked amazing, and had a blast at the dance.
“I had a great time with my beautiful prom date Lindsey at the Lawrence County LCDC prom,” Jones wrote in an Instagram post with pictures from the event. “It was really an honor being around so many loving faces. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
Jones had fun at the dance, noting that he and his dancing partner were a real hit.
“All of the guys followed me around all night and I was just glad I could dance and put smiles on the kids’ faces,” Jones told WBRC.
Jones has played for a variety of NFL teams. He was first drafted to the Miami Dolphins in 2013. Since his career began, he has played for the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, the Houston Texans and now the 49ers.
He has a heart for younger people, and said he had the most fun teaching some of the guys at the dance new moves.
“Anything I can do to make some kids smile, I would be more than willing to do. I think the most fun was all of the guys, I showed the guys about 5 or 6 new dance moves,” Jones told WBRC.