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55-Year-Old Grandma Auditions for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading Squad

Sharon Simmons
Dallas Morning News

When Sharon Simmons was 22, she wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. But obligations relating to raising her daughter prevented her from trying out. Now, 33 years later, Simmons’ daughter has a child — making her a grandmother. A grandmother who finally has the time to see if she can make the world’s most famous cheerleading squad.

“I don’t see a number,” she said regarding her age before auditioning for a spot on the Cowboys’ sidelines. “If I do, it’s just a number. It’s not that I can’t keep up with [younger women] in the physical part of the training.”

Simmons, a real estate agent, has kept her body in tip-top condition by participating in fitness competitions. She believes those experiences will prevent her from being nervous during the audition process. She did, however, concede that trying to memorize the fast-paced routines at 55 was tough.

No word yet on whether Simmons made the squad. If she does, she will be by far the oldest cheerleader in NFL history. As it stands, 43-year-old Laura Vikmanis of the Cincinnati Bengals holds that mark. Check out a video from Simmons’ audition below. Does she have what it takes?

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