Talk about one unique 'nana.'
Sharon Simmons is a 55-year-old grandmother of two, and she spent her last weekend auditioning for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
The Carrollton, Texas native has wanted to audition for the team since the ripe age of 22, but numerous factors ranging from lack of money to having children have prevented her from doing so. Now, after three decades, she has completed her dream after becoming a successful fitness author, real estate agent and budding actress.
“I thought, that’s something I never tried,” Simmons told the CBS affiliate in Dallas. “I always wanted to try out. I got real close in my early 20s, but got busy raising my daughter. And I thought, why not now?”
Simmons went even as far to hire a former Cowboys cheerleader to help her prepare for the grueling tryout.
Her training gave her the confidence to go up against women more than half her age.
Still, her audition didn't quite go as planned. Simmons told the Dallas Morning News that she forgot her routine during the freestyle portion of the tryout.
"For me, it has been about the journey," Simmons told the Dallas Morning News.
The grandma turned wannabe cheerleader will be 56 at the start of the 2012 NFL season. If she makes the cheerleading squad, she will be the oldest cheerleader in the history of the organization, 14 years older than the previous record-holder.
Currently the oldest cheerleader in the NFL is 42-year-old Laura Vikmanis of the Cincinnati Bengals.
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