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55-Year-Old Cheerleader Sharon Simmons Auditions For Dallas Cowboys Squad

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Sharon Simmons has wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader since her twenties. Now, at 55, Simmons is finally reaching for her dreams.

Simmons said:

“I thought about this when I was about 22 years old. I was a single mom, and I wanted to do it.”

The 55-year-old cheerleader planned on auditioning for the squad in her twenties, but money, time, and raising a family delayed her dream for a few decades. But last weekend Simmons joined hundreds of others over the weekend to audition for the squad at Cowboys Stadium. Simmons said:

“It literally has been about the journey. I’ve met incredible people, I’ve learned so many new things.”

Fox reports that Simmons has won several fitness competitions in her day and had a successful career as a fitness model. She also wrote a book about staying fit,”Triple F: Fifty, Fit, and Fabulous,” and runs the website FitnessAnyAge.com.

Simmons said:

“I don’t see a number… If I do, it’s just a number. It’s not that I can’t keep up with [younger women] in the physical part of the training.”

The Huffington Post reports that if Simmons does make the cut she’ll be the oldest cheerleader in the league. She won’t be, however, the only grandma in the league. Suzie Sanchez of the Oakland Raiders is a grandma but Sanchez is only 37. Laura Vikmanis is the oldest NFL cheerleader at 42.

Here’s a video of Sharron Simmons, the 55-year-old cheerleader’s audition. Do you think she’ll make the cut?

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159 Responses to “55-Year-Old Cheerleader Sharon Simmons Auditions For Dallas Cowboys Squad”

  1. Ian Madge

    Congratulations! You're a great model for all people to take better care of thier fittness! I wish the very best to you!

  2. Ian Madge

    Congratulations! You're a great model for all people to take better care of thier fittness! I wish the very best to you!

  3. Ian Madge

    Congratulations! You're a great model for all people to take better care of thier fittness! I wish the very best to you!

  4. Anonymous

    Never thought I'd be lusting after a 55 Year old…but I could do that…

  5. Joshua Grossglass

    Even if she doesn't make it I will say this much. She is in damn good shape for someone her age and she doesn't look like this is 50+ at all. Not only that she is correct. Its about the journey in all of it so if she doesn't make the cut she at least tried out for it and she can look back knowing she did all she could.
    Good luck!

  6. John Patten

    No, sorry, she's a babe and sounds like a great lady, I even hope she gets in. But, if success means you can still shake it for men then it does seem degrading. I don't like 22 year old cheerleaders.

  7. John Patten

    No, sorry, she's a babe and sounds like a great lady, I even hope she gets in. But, if success means you can still shake it for men then it does seem degrading. I don't like 22 year old cheerleaders.

  8. Anonymous

    No, no no no. Women just can't be whatever they want. Sorry old lady.

  9. Dean Sanchez

    I think she's really, really hot for her age, but maybe too old for the job.

  10. Justin Addison

    Historically, Dallas is one of the more successful franchises, however I wouldn't put them on the short list of best teams in the NFL right now.

  11. Kevin Craddock

    I love the look on the girl behind her.

  12. Brawn Barber

    I think she has all the moves I've seen from the younger girls, and doubt anyone would notice the difference if she makes it.

  13. Nika Hinton

    Yes…duh….they are idiots if they don't keep her…..what a great example she is of what you can do if you put your mind to it…..anything you want! Also I bet they'll sell more tickets cause people will want to come and see her live!

  14. Nika Hinton

    Yes…duh….they are idiots if they don't keep her…..what a great example she is of what you can do if you put your mind to it…..anything you want! Also I bet they'll sell more tickets cause people will want to come and see her live!

  15. Billy Eversole

    whitemack lets see you get up there and do it then, u idiot.

  16. Anonymous

    She's far more fit than many of the girls who try out. Hope age discrimination doesn't work against her. So what if she doesn't have the perfectly smooth skin of a 20 yr old, she looks fabulous and obviously has the capability. Her wisdom and experience in life, as well as her nutritional know-how would be a great asset to the entire squad.

  17. Beckie Clifton

    You're obviously very young. Fifty really is the new thirty. She has the capability, and is far more fit than many of the girls who audition.

  18. Anonymous

    Sure, why not. Who cares. I love how women love to degrade themselves for us and call it empowering themselves. Yay feminism!

  19. Beckie Clifton

    Yes, and so what about the wrinkles? She'll be cheering along with however many other women are on the squad, and will blend in nicely. Besides, she far more fit than many of them.

  20. Beckie Clifton

    I'm 55. I live with it. I wouldn't go back to thirty for anything! I hope she makes it. She's be an asset to the squad, and is far more fit than many of the girls who audition. Probably also has a lot less drama, too.

  21. Beckie Clifton

    She's more fit than many of the girls who audition, and probably comes with a lot less drama due to her experience, maturity and solid self confidence.

  22. Tracey Kalil

    I don't think she will fit their "stereotype" and in the end that's probably a good thing because it's a tacky gig.

  23. Carlos Coronado

    Usually people who say stupid degrading comments about someone's appearance are either fat, ugly or just plain ignorant. Rather than work on their appearance, they have to hate on those who actually do. One of the posters on this thread just proved my point. So sad.

  24. Jorie Clark

    Alright, I get it. She's fifty and she's in great shape. But did any of you watch the video? Her rhythm is about as great as a sea lion with tourettes. Like, wtf.

  25. Anonymous

    awww I saw the picture with the leathers and thought eeek! however…saw her perform in the pink outfit and listened to her story and thought….yeah! good luck xx.

  26. Anonymous

    55 years and Looking Real Damn Good! She has worked hard for this–Give her a shot! Why Not!

  27. Kevin Myles

    I guess that we are all measured by our dreams; and I hope that mine are worthy. Is her self-esteem so lacking that she seeks this as worthy? She is talented and motivated, and yet she needs this?

  28. Sally Li

    I never knew Richard Simmons has such a great-looking wife. Seriously, this is a very good antidote to age-bigotry.

  29. Maygan Yen

    Yes I may be young but I also have watched Making the team for the DCC since its first season! Her kick was just not high enough for their kick line! I applaud her for trying out though!

  30. Ken Moholt-Siebert

    Being a cheerleader in Texas is a real thrill for the people who do it. I don't see her as having low self esteem. Do you or I see much value in it? Perhaps not, but it is a very different culture.

  31. Barbara Bowers

    See, it doesn't totally suck to be 55. Good for her. No way she'll pass for a 20 yr old (and she never said she would) but I think "we" look pretty damn good for mid 50's. You think it will never come around but those #s add up in a hurry.

  32. Alexander Oelfke

    Is that why you didnt have kids, so you can go after your cheerleading dreams? lol

  33. Anonymous

    I think its FANTASTIC! My theory is that youre never too old to persue your dreams! My aunt always wanted to be a nurse and bc she chose to be a mommy first that dream got postponed but she got her kids raised, and both of them through college and at 55yrs old she went to school to become a nurse! And she did it! I'm so proud of her! I'm 24yrs old and decided I wanted a family I got married have two baby girls and you know I'm not the least bit concerned about college right now bc if God willing later on down the road I could always go and its thanks to the women out there who show us other ladies out there that its never tooo late to persue your dream and if you don't make it at least you tried! You Go Girl! And thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Kristofer Sadeck

    good for her lol. why should people stop doing what they dream of because of their age. What you can't do anything because you just had a few more birthdays and candles on the cake then most people?

  35. Anastacia Inglis

    I think she is a good role model but I don't think she should be on the cheering squad. Shes just not an exact idea of the eye candy I would want to look at a game.

  36. Michelle Jackson

    She looks awesome! I wish my abs looked half as good as hers! Way to show people no matter how old you are, never give up on your dreams. Awesome!

  37. Anonymous

    Reality, that would be an amazing thing to see, considering the average age of attendees at games is actually around 40 to 60 I think it would be very appropriate, but the media being what it is they will probably not do the right thing, its a far too politically correct world.

  38. Anonymous

    She is hot! I think she should make it. She is older than the people judging her and they can't even do what she is doing. I watch her anytime!

  39. Anonymous

    I will say she has worked hard for her body..but come on..she doesn't have the moves…and her skin looks funny when she dances…i do think its great that she chases her dream even at 55 but I also think there alot of women that are afraid to get old..and keep trying to live their lives as a 20 something year old..your 55 and look great..but come on.

  40. Kyle Thornton

    She has no chance…Im sorry but its the truth. I think most men would rather see a 20 year old over a 55 year old. And I'm sorry but that accent makes me want to rip my ears off.

  41. Kyle Thornton

    It's the Dallas Cowboys, they don't need help selling tickets. And no, nobody would come to watch her cheer.

  42. Kyle Thornton

    Beckie Clifton 50 is not the new 30 sorry. Learn to live with your age. When I'm 55 i'm not going to try and compete against 20 year olds.

  43. Chelsea Mission

    I could care less about her age, as long as he can keep up with the dance and choreography, that should be the only thing that matters. If she can't, whether 25 or 55, she should go.

  44. Duane Brooks

    Three very long and loud cheers for Sharon Simmons for not allowing the fact that she's middle-aged keep her from pursuing her dream to be a cheerleader! And here I previously thought that Laura Vikmanis was the oldest cheerleader in America. Sharon, I raise my glass to you for being the latest lady to prove that, to quote the title of the great Dara Torres' book, "Age Is Just A Number." Keep workin' it, girl!

  45. Charley LeChien

    Wow, I'm impressed. I'm not that much older than she is, but if I was voting for her, she would get a YES vote.

  46. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  47. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  48. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  49. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  50. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  51. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  52. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  53. Traci Muller Rylands

    First, kudos to her. She's in better shape than a lot of younger girls and probably much healthier. However, if you have ever watching the CMT show about the DCC, you know that they do NOT pick older women (as in over 40). Ever. The three head judges (two are former DCC) let anybody audition. But they seem to get a kick out of making fun of them afterward on camera, which always makes me wince. So while it would be awesome if she did make the final cut (which is hard even if you are young, gorgeous and fit), I will be shocked.

  54. Charley LeChien

    Becky, you must have been stationed at CASTLE once upon a time. and at MAXWELL too, Never was asssigned to either, enjoyed VANDENBERG, RAMSTEIN, and bases that were closed more than 35 years ago. Have a wonderful day..

  55. Anonymous

    With it being the Cowboys, I am surprised the headline isn't "Jerry Jones puts 55 year-old Grandmother at starting Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator."

  56. Greg D Harland

    get to old ass woman out of there, i mean really are you kidding me! what nut wants some old grandma dancing ewwww.

  57. Anonymous

    I think it's great she's doing that…there are millions of men in her generation that watch football..OK so… why not have a cheerleader her age? There are people in their 20s, 30s or 40s that don't have a physique and stamina like hers, so age shouldn't be a factor for the cut, because clearly she is fit. BOOOOoooo to all those who are exposing their ageism. LOL

  58. Anonymous

    I think it's great she's doing that…there are millions of men in her generation that watch football..OK so… why not have a cheerleader her age? There are people in their 20s, 30s or 40s that don't have a physique and stamina like hers, so age shouldn't be a factor for the cut, because clearly she is fit. BOOOOoooo to all those who are exposing their ageism. LOL

  59. Anonymous

    Yes, she looks very worried and threatened.. LOL

  60. Anonymous

    Yes, she looks very worried and threatened.. LOL

  61. Eural Jones

    Come on! Grow up! There comes a time when a person needs to grow old gracefully. I like what grace Slick once said abour how rediculous old people look on rock and roll stages.

  62. Lisa Mahon

    AGREED! I root for the Redskins and ANYONE playing Dallas! :)

  63. Timothy Ciciora Sr.

    Itnice to know that people can follow their dreams…. Age should not matter, she has the looks and the ATTITUDE for it.
    I just don't like the fact the People compair you age to your job.

  64. Carice McKinney

    Kyle Thornton Then that's your loss. It's people like you that drive women like her to keep going. 55 does not mean she has to STOP living her life. She can and is doing what she wants. AND if you'll notice … she didn't ask for your immature feeble minded approval.

  65. Carice McKinney

    whitemack … get cha head out cha ass fool. Women CAN and ARE doing and being whatever they want. And there isn't a damn thing you can do about it! LOL!!!

  66. Carice McKinney

    Amazing! Awesome! Spectacular! She's the poster diva for females at any age who CAN AND WILL DO WHATEVER THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE AND… look pretty damn hawt in the process!

  67. Thomas Tammy

    Lisa Mahon Then i guess you like pulling for a bunch of losers…….

  68. Thomas Tammy

    Lisa Mahon Then i guess you like pulling for a bunch of losers…….

  69. Kyle Thornton

    Sue Schaffrath Yes, but I didn't pay $100 for a ticket either. This was free…

  70. Anonymous

    It is actually none of our business this is between her and her family. I wish her well and hope it ends where she is happy with the outcome.

  71. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  72. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  73. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  74. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  75. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  76. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  77. Melba Peters

    I disagree, she should leave the cheerleading to the younger set. No matter how good she thinks she looks or looks with her fake tan, she is still 55 and facts are facts. She is a 55 year old in denial.

  78. Debbie Garber

    Oh PLEASE! Yes, she looks fit for her age, but she is still her age! Time to embrace your senior citizen status and be a role model for all 55 plus, but at the end of the day when you stand out there with the other 20 somethings, you will still look 55!

  79. Tamar Nelson

    she is 55…i know women who are 23 and I wouldn't dare take them down the street, even at night…and I look at this lady who looks excellent at 55…i give a standing ovation to you…you look GREAT…i hope my wife (future tense…lol) looks as good as you do at that age…

  80. Patricia Bishop

    well I have to give her credit, she is going after her dream, if she does not make the cut she did her best, and she looks awesome for 55, good luck.

  81. Luis Willis

    Great body, pretty face, just not slutty enough to make this squad I fear…

  82. Dennis Bardis

    Sooken like.. a person who is 55 and out of shape!

  83. Dennis Bardis

    Spoken like.. a person who is 55 and out of shape!