55-Year-Old Grandmother Wants To Be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

oldest cheerleader for web 55 Year Old Grandmother Wants To Be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – She’s got the drive, the figure and the discipline of a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. But does Sharon Simmons have what it takes to dance alongside some of the most visible women in the world? She’ll soon find out when the Carrollton resident auditions to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

She’s also a grandmother of two.

“I’m 55. And in May, around the competition, I’ll be 56,” explained Simmons. “On stage, I blend right in with women in their 20s, 30s and up.”

Simmons was asked if she believes that there is a physical difference between her body and those of the 19-year-olds trying out? “Absolutely no difference,” she declared.

Simmons is an author and national fitness competitor who embraces what she calls “defining moments.” She had one last December, when she used the Cowboys cheerleader uniform as inspiration for a fitness costume. “I thought, that’s something I never tried,” Simmons said. “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?”

So, Simmons contacted her choreographer, who suggested a dance studio, who recommended seeking Audrea Cowen — a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, now dance instructor at Plano’s K.J. Dance Studio — for help. The two work weekly on routines and fundamentals, both in group and private lessons.

Simmons said that her strength is in the competition itself. “I don’t get overly nervous,” she said. “I’ll be fine talking to the judges. I’m used to being on stage.”

But will that be enough to earn a spot among these high-kicking icons? Cowen said that dancing is an entirely different ballgame. “The flexibility required to be a cheerleader is greater than what she needs for fitness competition,” Cowen explained.

Sharon admits that, at 55, memorizing the fast-paced routines is tough. But she’s giving it her best shot, whether she makes it or not. “I love life. I’m having a blast. I’m having a ball.”

Simmons has 10 more weeks to rehearse. If she makes the squad, she will be the oldest cheerleader in NFL history — the current record holder is 42. The Auditions to be a 2012 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader happen May 5 and 6. For audition information, click here.

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  • susan

    i wish her the best..i saw a program on cable about the selection process and the two women who judge and make the selection of candidates,as well as the lady who does the choreography…these ladies are “tough” and very picky..i believe the oldest lady to tryout in the past was also a grandmother and she was in her 40’s..she was beautiful and seemed to keep up with the rest, but she was not selected..more power to you ms. simmons..show them that you dont have to be a 20 something to strut your stuff and be a good representative of the cowboys!!


      I TOTALLY CONCUR,,,If you’ve got it flaunt it..I TOO AM 55, AND TAKE CARE OF MY BODY. i am also a grandmother and believe me if I could shed my small pooch i’dtry out too..hey if all else fails maybe she could start a squad of cheerleaders 55 and up..hahaaa …and give the youngsters something to work toward or eat their hearts out about..GOOOOOOOOO G-MAMA.

  • KENN

    Excellent! there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it …GO FOR IT!!!

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  • Anthony

    where’s a picture? I came here hoping to see a picture at least.

    • Raug
      • Cindy Maddy

        I would say I hope to look that good at her age, but I don’t look that good NOW!…. GO GIRL!!!

      • adela

        She looks better or the same of those actresses in Hollywood

        55 and also a mom, fantastic

        Go girl

  • Terra

    Wow! What an inspiration you are. You should be so proud that you are going for such an amazing goal. Youre never to old to follow your dreams. Good Luck!

  • TOM

    just another high maint North Dallas person trying to be all that and a bag of chips.

    • Karen Neill

      She is not high maintenance. She shops at regular stores and looks like a million dollars on a song!!!!!

      • What

        She looks more like 2 dollars.. A million bucks yeah right !

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  • DDR

    If there’s never been such a thing as a GILF, there is now. She’s friggin’ HOT, especially for 55.

    • Young Jeezy

      Come on DDR she is not hot. Her body looks good or as good as surgery can deliver. Her face is pretty bad. She is unfortunate looking. Shes got a beak of a nose and her face is way too masculine.
      “Simmons was asked if she believes that there is a physical difference between her body and those of the 19-year-olds trying out? “Absolutely no difference,” she declared.”
      Sorry honey but your delusional if you think there is no difference between you and a 19-20 year old because there is a massive difference like 35 years.
      You are in good shape for a grandma but thats about it.

  • terry

    hmm. bit of a horse face.

    • aztac

      Why would anyone subject their grandkids to this level of ridicule? Poor kids.

    • Pablo Cervantes

      No kidding. I oogled her name under images. She has a great body…but the face is…well, a closing time face. She may keep up, but she won’t make it. The judges are very, very prejudiced on their choices. Not racially…just very biased on the look they want. She looks great for 55, just too much to ask that the face match the body.

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  • badboy15

    do ya thing…try out and see if you can succeed. dreams and hope need to be explored.

    shake off the lazy haters talkin trash, probably cant get their fat lazy butts off the couch

    deflect all the negativity

  • sara


  • Sharon's Number 1 Fan

    Keep the bashing coming…I am enjoying reading it as I know what my MOM…GRANDMOTHER of my 2 kids…is all about. When did it ever become wrong to show to the world that if you set your mind to something–anything–you CAN achieve it. Age has no boundaries and I am thankful that I was raised to believe that and that with the help of my Mom’s journeys, my kids will learn to believe that. I feel a sense of sadness to think some of you are so narrow minded and have the ability to reproduce. My mom is in the best shape of her life–and YES–she DOES look better than most 20 year olds. We have an obesity problem in America people—this endeavor is more than my Mom wanting to fulfill a dream–it is about her wanting to show our YOUNG people that they don’t have to fall into the trap of some of their fat ass and lazy parents. That hard work, healthy eating, and mental focus can achieve amazing results. And my motto is “My Mom is hotter than your Mom”….and for the record–my grandkids freaking LOVE their Gigi and are two of her biggest fans. So thank you for your comments–positive and negative. I truly view negativity as jealousy….Positive people don’t need to bash others to make themselves feel better–perhaps you should pick up a copy of my Mom’s book….you might learn a thing or two.

    • 2kidsandcounting

      She looks amazing. I would be proud to have her represent Dallas or to have her as a mother/ grandmother. From watching the video posted all over the internet of her dance, she obviously is in top shape. I would suggest that she make her movements look more fluid and natural and throw in some high kicks or splits to show flexibility. I wish I could be up there with her! I hope she makes it all the way so we can watch her at every game. Great Job Sharon!

    • SecretsOfTheSpa

      She’s an inspiration. I need , The world needs…to see people like her pursuing their dreams. Life does not end when you become a Mother or a Grandmother. This was such amazing timing for me to read about. I was just discriminated against recently for my age at a job. I don’t even look 43. I still get carded when I buy wine! But I got really down the past few weeks, And I love your Mom. Never been to a Cowboy game, don’t even like football. But I hope your Mom makes the squad, and if she does, I want to be there cheering her in the sidelines! God Bless!

    • Hockey Fan

      I applaud you for support your Mom but sometimes negative comments are the truth. If you are so shallow to say that negatives are just jealously then it begs the comment that ‘fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree’ and we are getting a glimpse of this Mom is all about. People show you who they are in many ways, we just choose to ignore them, or in this case, see them. And really ‘fat ass and lazy parents’? shame on you for that. After reading this I’m totally against this Mom/Grandmother being on the Cheerleaders, she’ll kill the team.

    • Dan

      Those that bash usually look as ugly as a mudstick so I wouldn’t put too much credence in those bashing this extremely attractive woman. I wish her luck. Anyone who can survive going through DCC camp has to be really physically fit and and in shape.

      Good Luck!

    • Keith

      Nice to see you sticking up for your Mommy Joey way to go. I think her breast feeding you til you were 16 worked out well. You’re grounded and a very good Dad. Your significant other George is the best by the way. You go guys!

    • shania

      That GIGI is a great role model for the old and young. I hope she dont listen to negative comments, because jealousy and uglyness inside of a person wont lead them far. For her to have that type of entusiasm she has to be beautiful inside and out. Love yourself and you cant help but love others. Thats true beauty and she has it.

    • lee saenz

      I love what she is doing!!! Im 45 and having doubts about going back to school in part due to my age! I feel like im too old for that and than to read this is sooo remarkable!! Truly an inspiration. I hope and will pray she makes it. Jealousy as far as im concerned would be the only lame excuse if she doesn’t. That would be total B.S. lol. YOUR mom IS SOOOO HOTT!!!!

    • Steve I

      I agree with “Sharon’s Number 1 Fan”.
      I think Sharon is lovely and in great shape. I hope she makes it.
      Steve I

    • joe

      “fat ass and lazy parents”


      • Susan

        I applaud you for defending your mother. She looks great for her age and I really hopes she makes it! I would only hope to look as good as she does at her age. Best of luck!

      • Dan

        You should be very proud of your mom.. When I am that age, I hope I can be half as fit as she is. Those with negative comments are a very small minority and have nothing positve to offer this world. I’m a guy and I think she looks fantastic and hope she does well at the auditions.

      • Sharons Number 1 Fan

        Overweight and inactive…same message. I chose a bit more hostile words because at the end of the day I am her kid and while negativity doesn’t bother her at all, I wouldnt be normal to not be defensive when reading some of the comments that have been posted.

    • howard s

      Sounds like a great lady, if she is interested in having dinner let me know. Im 55 will be 56 in May, have two grand kids and am taking singing lessons to become a lounge singer. I firmly believe if you want it go get it. Good luck to her, and even if she dosen’t make it, its all good. Tell her to hit me up howiespost@gmail

      • Sharon's Number 1 Fan

        Howard, thanks for the compliment, but the only man she will be hitting up is my Dad :) Good luck to you with your singing journey!

      • LoL

        Her gay son Joey protecting the old lady who thinks she looks young, wheres your boyfriend George….LoL

    • Just sayin

      Sorry but she doesn’t look better then any 20 year old.. She looks every bit of 55-60 beside the fact she works out.Look how baggy her skin is, I’ve seen better. Grandma needs to be grandma her time as a cheer leader is done even tho she never had a chance with that face.. Bet she won’t make it…..

      • yo mama

        Please check your spelling and grammer before you post. Perhaps you should return to high school to get your diploma or consider watching Sesame Street as they offer wonderful spelling lessons . I’m just sayin.

    • Dawn

      I think its great. I thought about it my self. If she doesnt make it I will be with her if she starts up a “Mature” cheerleading squad. I think this would be a great idea, but looking at your Mom I THINK SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE THE TEAM. Maybe she can still start one up hmmmmmmm

    • Maybe your motto should be about your life, not your moms

      “Fat ass and lazy”

      How wonderful for you that you have help and support and are well enough that your family can do this. No hating on your momma there, but take it easy on those of us who are doing our damnedest to keep our heads above water. Not everyone has time to raise kids and work full time and spend that sort of time at the gym. Talk about judging, geesh.

  • Robin

    I think she is a great inspriration to many women. The fitness and body aspect is enough for me. I am only in my 40’s and would love to look like her and have the skills and energy to accomplish such a task. I wish her the best. I hope to see her on the sidelines. Good Luck Girl, you rock!

  • Jim K

    Wow, it’s funny, and sad the things that jealousy makes people say. Besides being smoking hot (I hate that because it sometimes portrays disrespect, but she’s gorgeous) this lady has the physical ability, moves like most 20 somethings only wish they could and has a fantastic outlook! Y’all making the goofy comments are only making yourself look goofy, and you’re hiding behind a keyboard to do it. She may not make the cut, but a lot more 20 something’s also won’t make the cut before her. I wish I had even half of her enthusiasm, energy and great outlook, and I’m a dude, 5 years younger! BTW, she’s not some couch lounging, truffle eating, watching soaps, barking at the maid kind of kept lady. She’s accomplished, she has done and is still doing…..and if I didn’t mention, gorgeous too!

    • Steve I

      I agree. I think the ones that bad-mouth the most are jealous.

  • srvnutt

    Is her name Sally O’Malley? Does she like to KICK, STREEEEETCH, AND KICK!!

    • Merc49

      hahahahahaha…made my day srvnutt

  • ppd3066

    Simmons was asked if she believes that there is a physical difference between her body and those of the 19-year-olds trying out?

    Look I’m a old dude, and as an answer to Simmons question.
    it’s called. Air! The ability to breath and not worry about bringing om a sudden heart attack. As a coach no problem as a cheerleader, we need to leave that for the younger folks.

  • mx2

    “Simmons was asked if she believes that there is a physical difference between her body and those of the 19-year-olds trying out?
    “Absolutely no difference,” she declared.”<—- -Denial much?

    • Pablo Cervantes

      She’s in excellent condition…for any age. But, at the end of the day, the 20 year old in excellent condition goes dancing. Sharon will go home and soak in the tub.

  • Queen Z

    She got it going on for 55. Every 20 yr. old doesnt have a hot body. She is giving some of these young ladies a run for there money. I used to dance and was good. I think i missed my calling. If I had her body , I would try out also. Dallas and 48. Let the hateration be your motivation. You go girl

    • LibertyLover

      You go girl? You sound like an immature moron and just the type who’s dream it is to become a cheerleader.

  • Debbi R.

    Sharon sets high goals for herself and has worked extremely hard to get where she is. She can compete with the best of them, and I wish her all the luck in the world. She presented a fitness workshop at my place of employment on simple routines people can do, and she inspired all who attended. She’s a true believer in supporting people to get fit at whatever level they can achieve. You go, girl!

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