In a celebration of Father’s Day this month, 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 Amelia and Brian.
What do you remember about your relationship growing up as a dancer?
Amelia: My dad has supported me throughout my entire life. He has always given the best advice and encouraged me to be the best Amelia possible. I can honestly say he is my No. 1 fan!
Brian: I remember all of the daily practice sessions, the new dance costumes and the yearly recitals. It was always a big deal right down to the bright pink dance room we had upstairs in our home.
What was the conversation like when you talked about trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?
Amelia: When my dad and I discussed me trying out for the DCC, I remember him being all for it. He wanted me to challenge myself and have confidence that I could make my dreams come true.
Brian: When she told me that she was going to try out for the DCC, I wasn’t surprised. I was confident she could be successful if she was willing to work harder than ever before to achieve this ultimate goal.
Have you been surprised with what goes into being a DCC, from the tryouts to the games to the appearances?
Brian: I don’t think I was surprised because she has always been committed to being the best she can be. The time commitment and level of difficulty has progressively increased from Vicki’s School of Dance to Airline High School’s dance team to the Kilgore College Rangerettes and now the DCC.
How does dad handle seeing you perform, not to mention posing in calendars, with millions watching you?
Amelia: He loves watching me perform and definitely doesn’t mind others watching either. He is proud of my accomplishments and he knows how precious it is for me to be out on the field wearing that iconic uniform. I don’t think he gets nervous because he has full faith in my abilities, which is nice to have in the back of my head!
Brian: I am completely fine with it. She’s still daddy’s little girl in my eyes. I do not get nervous because I know she is very well prepared.
What has your dad’s love and support meant to you?
Amelia: My dad’s love and support means everything to me! I don’t think he realizes just how special it is to see his face in the stands along with my mom at every home game. He always waves and I just get a huge grin on my face knowing that he is proud I’m doing something I’m so passionate about. His unconditional love is the best part about my dad. He truly is a role model of mine and it is because of him I can call myself one of America’s Sweetheart’s. I love you Dad, forever and always!