Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho agrees to take fan to prom, surprises her at school
Credit Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho for staying true to his word in an era in which athletes aren’t always known for doing so.
In January, Hannah Delmonte used Acho’s Instagram page to ask him if he would be willing to accompany her to her prom at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Virginia.
Acho said he would be glad to, under one condition: Delmonte needed to obtain 10,000 retweets of their Instagram conversation.
As it turns out, Acho should have given Delmonte a real challenge, as she earned those 10,000 retweets in a matter of hours.
— Keegan (@KeeganMichelson) January 9, 2015
Acho surprised Delmonte at her school on Friday with a personalized, autographed Eagles jersey.
SURPRISE!! Most heart warming feeling I've had in a while! Sorry for making you cry though @hdelmonte_ SEE YOU AT PROM!! 😝 #PromPartII —- Backstory: Prior to walking around the corner, she was in the principles office being debriefed on what to say to the school board to get approval for my attendance at prom. She turned the corner expecting to go meet with school board representatives.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) February 20, 2015
Delmonte had a sense of humor about her emotional reaction to Acho’s visit.
I used to laugh at people who would cry when they met famous people…. and then today happened
— Hannah Delmonte (@hdelmonte32) February 21, 2015
In a statement, Acho said Delmonte is “a very determined young lady and I give her all the credit in the world for such an amazing accomplishment.”
This will be the first-ever prom for Acho, who said he plans to play the piano and sing to Delmonte, as well.