In a celebration of Father’s Day, we bring you a series where we asked a few of our Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as their dads, about their journey to becoming one of America’s Sweethearts.
This is the month when we’ll take the time to honor the old man, pops, papa, father, ATM machine or, of course, daddy. Wanting to show a little love to those dedicated few who sat through countless hours of dance rehearsals and cheer competitions, we posed questions to several of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the men who helped raise them. Today, meet Alex and Randal.
What do you remember about your relationship growing up as a dancer?
Alex: Growing up, I was always a daddy’s girl who loved to be outdoors and play sports. I participated in every athletic event I could sign up for, including dance, track, basketball and softball. Not only were my parents always very supportive of me, but they also were actively involved in every activity I chose to pursue. Some of my favorite memories are from my softball years when my dad coached our summer tournament team.
Randal: Alex’s past is a hodgepodge of activity involving everything from dance to track to softball. It seems as though she was always involved with some type of athletic activity – the more competitive, the better. We noticed early on that she didn’t have the common fear of performing in front of crowds. It did, however, really stress out her mother and me. We were nervous for her.
What was the conversation like when you talked about trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?
Alex: When I first brought up DCC tryouts with my dad, I’m pretty sure he thought I was either bluffing or just going through another ambitious phase. He seemed to just shrug it off saying, “Yeah, sure Alex, go for it”, not thinking I actually would. Of course, when he realized this was actually an achievable goal, he did everything in his power to support and help me.
Randal: My first thoughts were similar to “Are you CRAZY?!” Then I was very afraid for her because I really thought that the DCC was beyond her reach, and I didn’t want to see her hurt if she failed. Not long into the tryouts, I was reminded how Alex has always had more courage and guts than anyone I know. Her “not being afraid to fail” personality has led her to many achievements in her young life that she otherwise would not have experienced.
Have you been surprised with what goes into being a DCC, from the tryouts to the games to the appearances?
Randal: Yes, although she had quite a lot of preparation for this with the Louisiana Tech University dance line. Still, the amount of time and effort for DCC is unbelievable! We had never attended an NFL game (neither had Alex), so that first game was very special to all of us. I know it’s tremendously emotional for the cheerleaders, but it’s every bit as emotional and proud an experience for us, as parents.
How does dad handle seeing you perform, not to mention posing in calendars, with millions watching you?
Alex: This entire experience has been new and exciting for all of us. He knows how much of my heart I have invested into DCC, and I think he is more proud of me than anything. He tells me all the time how proud he is of my courage and work ethic. The only times I see either of my parents get nervous for me is whenever I let my own nerves show through.
Randal: I’ve had a lot of guys (dads) ask me just that same question. They’re like, “Man, how can you stand it knowing all those guys are staring at your daughter?” It’s kind of hard for them to believe when I tell them that she’s an entertainer and it doesn’t bother me a bit. Also, I see how the fans really light up when the cheerleaders are around and can see how the fans consider them “their cheerleaders.”
What has your dad’s love and support meant to you?
Alex: I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have a father that supports and believes in me the way that he does. I am able to follow and conquer my dreams because I have two amazing parents that will stand by my side every step of the way. Seeing the happiness on his face while I am performing is something I will always cherish and remember.