Laugh now, but there are far worse prom dates out there. Usually they have nails in their faces.

We’re getting into the season of teenage angst, embarrassment, and a once-in-a-lifetime event that never looks remotely close to its Hollywood portrayal. No, not that. Prom.

Aside from finding a dress that meets dad’s approval, for girls landing a date can sometimes be the most stressful prom experience. The Sportress of Blogitude passed along the story of the girl pictured above with a handsome, inanimate Tim Tebow cardboard cutout who chose innovation over depression.

Her name is Rachel Bird, and she’s a senior at Kingsley-Pierson High School in Iowa. When she found herself dateless and a tweet asking the real-life Tebow to her prom didn’t get a response, cardboard was the next best option.

From the Sioux City Journal:

Bird found a picture of Tebow showing him in a sharp vest and tie. She took the photo to Staples in Sioux City and asked the pros there if they could make a life-sized vinyl reproduction of the photo.

“I knew you could get industrial prints pretty cheaply at Staples, but a color picture like this was going to cost $80,” Bird said. “I couldn’t spend $80 for a joke.”

As Bird departed, a Staples employee mentioned a sale on such reproductions would take place the last week of April. Bird could get her Tebow color print for $19.95 at that time.

At first she let the idea pass, but eventually she had a change of heart and cardboard sexy time Tebow was miraculously born.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that cardboard Tebow was a gentleman and walked Bird to her door at the end of the evening. He then promptly went back to his position in a Nativity Scene next to baby Jesus.