Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother, fulfilled a life-long dream by trying to make the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad this past weekend.
She who said she once wanted to try out for the squad when she was 22, but life got in the way, joined hundreds of other much younger women when the Cowboys held open tryouts for possibly the most famous cheerleading squad.
“I thought about this when I was about 22 years old. I was a single mom, and I wanted to do it,” said Simmons, who is also a fitness model.
In an interview about her experience, Simmons said, “It literally has been about the journey. I’ve met incredible people, I’ve learned so many new things.”
Simmons who had become a commercial real estate broker began entering fitness competitions when she turned 50, winning 9 of the 20, she has entered into. She is also an inspiring actress and has landed a part in TNT’s upcoming drama “Dallas.”
She has not yet been informed if she made the squad, and admittedly said that she had forgotten her routine halfway through her freestyle portion of the tryout and had to ad-lib the rest of it.
However, if she were to make the squad, she would supplant 42-year-old Laura Vikmanis as the oldest NFL cheerleader.