Twenty-five years after I cheered for the Miami Dolphins, I still get asked this question. As a matter of fact, it somehow got discovered at work recently, and it always brings about amazement.
It makes me chuckle because first, it seems like a lifetime ago, and second, there seems to be some sort of fascination about it that I find amusing.
I cheered for the Miami Dolphins for two years. It merged my two loves – dancing and the Miami Dolphins.
I had been a dancer my whole life, beginning in elementary school. I studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip-hop all the way through college and performed with two dance troupes during that time.
My dad used to take me to the Miami Dolphins games as a kid, and I admired the “Starbrites” in their Burger King crowns and white go go boots (if you were a Miami Dolphins fan in the 1970s and 80s, you know what I’m talking about). I remember watching them and thinking that maybe someday I could be on the sidelines.
In 1992, I was incredibly grateful when I found out I made the squad after 3-4 months of grueling auditions. It allowed me many wonderful opportunities, and I met some amazing people.
One of the two major highlights during that time was going to Berlin, Germany, for the American Bowl. We stayed for a full week making many appearances (with much-needed security). The trip culminated in a game against the Denver Broncos at Olympic Stadium in front of 80,000 people. The NFL is pretty popular abroad. Who knew?
The second highlight was the opportunity to be in the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. We shot for an entire day with Jim Carrey and Courtney Cox at the stadium. It was a blast watching Jim Carrey improvise his scenes, and Courtney Cox happened to come over to talk to me while we waited on line for lunch at the catering tent. Talk about surreal.
Overall, the experience was positive. I’ve never worked so hard in my life. Our director was a perfectionist, and she had strict rules and expectations for us.
After two years, I was ready to hang up my pom poms. Like I said, it was a wonderful experience, and to this day, it always makes for a good ice breaker! I’m also in touch with most of the women I cheered with, and they’re all doing great things.
There’s A LOT more I could write about being an NFL cheerleader, but I won’t bore you with all the details! If you have any questions, let me know!