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Back in February, Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother of two from Carrollton, Texas, announced she would be trying out to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. She's spent the last months training, working on routines with a professional dance coach. On Saturday, she joined hundreds of other women in trying to get a coveted spot on the team.

"I thought about this when I was about 22 years old," Simmons told The Dallas Morning News. "I was a single mom, and I wanted to do it."

But funds, experience and raising her children delayed that dream for the next 33 years.

Simmons told the Morning News that she forgot her routine during the freestyle portion of the competition and had to make it up as she went, but it didn't derail her experience.

The commercial realtor competed in her first fitness competition at the age of 50. She has won nine of the 20 competitions she has entered and has turned that success into a career of fitness modeling.


Here's some video of her in action on Saturday. If you're curious, the oldest cheerleader in the NFL is currently 43-year-old Laura Vikmanis of the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals.

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