I’d like to know the first thing that popped into your brain when you read “335-pound cheerleader.” Was it that Lori Beth Denberg joke from Dodgeball?
Meet someone who is definitely not Lori Beth Denberg. Armand Fernandez-Pierre is a 335-pound male cheerleader at Episcopal School of Dallas who quite football to take up cheer when he hurt his neck in the eighth grade. He eventually found his way back onto the field, and now he’s a two-sport star, making cheerleaders cheer with his play on the field, and keeping them from falling and breaking their necks. He’s pretty awesome.
“I met him in the cafeteria, shook his hand, he liked to crush my hand, and I said this kid has got to play football,” Sanders told KDFW.
But there were conditions that the player gave the football coach.
“The deal was that he and my cheer coach would have to figure a way that I could play both sports in the same season,” Fernandez-Pierre said.
While Fernandez-Pierre does some good cheerleading moves, it’s his play on the football field that has schools talking. KDFW says the UM Hurricanes and UCLA Bruins are looking at the player, who “manhandled” opponents in his team’s season-opener. (via Orlando Sentinel)
Here’s a video of the report, which (thankfully) paints a pretty heartwarming picture of Texas. You know, for once.