Babies don’t let your grandmamas grow up to be Cowboys cheerleaders.
Sharon Simmons, a 55-year old grandmother of two, spent the weekend auditioning for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Her tryout was the culmination of a 33-year goal to try out for the famed squad.
The Carrollton, Texas, resident wanted to audition for the team when she was 22, but a number of factors — including a lack of money, outfit, routine and child care — forced her to give up that dream. Years later, as a grandmother, successful fitness author and burgeoning actor, Simmons tried again. She hired a former Cowboys cheerleader to help her prepare for the audition and said she was ready to compete with women half her age.
The tryout wasn’t a rousing success, though. Simmons, who has been competing in fitness competitions for the past few years. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, she said that she forgot her routine during the freestyle portion of the tryout.
“For me, it has been about the journey,” she said.
Simmons would be 56 at the start of the 2012 NFL regular season. If she makes the team, she’d be the oldest Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in history, 14 years older than the previous record-holder.
But if it’s any help, she does have inspiration. Meet Laura Vikmanis, a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader. At 43, she’s older than most all of the football team, and even some of the coaches. Get it girl!