At age 36, Steve Smith is going back to prom.
The former Carolina Panthers receiver is taking 18-year-old Aubrey Bridges to her senior prom, according to the Gaston Gazette.
Last month, Smith asked Bridges, a senior at North Gaston High School with autism, via video if she would let him take her to prom. She, of course, said yes.
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The proposal was arranged by Dream on 3, a nonprofit charity that connects children with illness or life-altering conditions with their sports dreams.
“I am excited because Steve Smith Sr. asked me to prom,” Bridges told the Gazette. “I am so happy that I danced. Brandon and Elizabeth Lindsey, my friends at Dream on 3, are making my dream come true.”
Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Smith continues to be active and charitable in the Charlotte area. His foundation reached 1,300 people in Charlotte and Baltimore last year with more than 950 goods donated. And he’s been vocal in raising awareness for domestic violence prevention.
Smith was originally going to retire at the end of the 2015 season, but an Achilles tear midway through the season left Smith wanting more. He continues to rehab the injury, and the 2016 season will likely be his last.