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High school student gets prom surprise from former Dolphins player

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- A former Miami Dolphins player delivered an unexpected and generous gift to a South Florida high school student for prom.

Kandisha Rodgers, a Booker T. Washington High School senior, was excited about going to her prom, but the expenses were just too much for her and her family. But now Rodgers will be getting the prom of her dreams, compliments of former Miami Dolphins player Bryant McKinnie. "It's like a blessing. I don't really have it like that in my family," said Rodgers. "We've been going through struggles and stuff like that, so it's just been a blessing for me to experience this."

For the last few years, McKinnie, who is a free agent, has made it his personal mission to make prom possible for deserving students who may not otherwise be able to participate. "I just feel, when you've been blessed, you should bless others," he said.

The cheerleader wrote to McKinnie and shared her story. He responded in kind by picking up the tab for all of the trimmings. "I'll be taking care of your prom; your tickets, your clothes, your hair, your nails," McKinnie told Rodgers.

"My mom is the only one who provides for the family, and my dad is really sick with chronic diabetes, so it's just been really hard for us to provide and just buy stuff," said Rodgers. "So this prom makeover, I have the chance to experience every girl's prom dream, to go to prom and look pretty."

McKinnie will be taking care of everything except for escorting her to the dance. Her boyfriend has that honor. "I know that feeling, coming from a single parent home, and you might not have the means to go but you really want to go, and you want to enjoy the time with your friends," said McKinnie. "So I know it means a lot to the parents who are hardworking people who don't have the resources."

His gesture got a rousing shout out from the cheerleading team. McKinnie said Rodgers deserves it. "She seemed like an overall good student, and everyone was rooting for her," said McKinnie.

McKinnie's generosity extends beyond Rodgers. Her date is also getting the star treatment. "It is truly a blessing and I'm really, really thankful," said Rodgers.

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