In a celebration of Father’s Day, we bring you a series this week 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 coming Sunday is 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 Chelsea and Greg.
Happy Father’s Day!
What do you remember about your relationship growing up as a dancer?
Chelsea: My dad is the No. 1 cheer dad. He is a 6-6 man in the military who would wear the matching polka-dotted “Cheer Mom” shirts to my high school football games, except his proudly said “Cheer Dad!” He would yell all of our chants back at us, and would make sure everyone knew that, while he is a football fan, he was there to support the cheerleaders. He does the same thing at Cowboys games now. He’s a huge Cowboys fan, but he’s a bigger DCC fan!
Greg: Chelsea was always dancing, even in situations the average person wouldn’t think to dance. She enjoyed cheerleading, but was passionate about dance; because it was a big deal to her, it was a big deal to me. Her mother and I put our full support behind her passion, which was easier said than done living in a small town.
What was the conversation like when you talked about trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders?
Chelsea: I am the most fortunate person in the world because I sat my parents down in the middle of the school year. I told them I wanted to leave college and move to Dallas to try out for the DCC. My dad said, “OK, we’ll do whatever we can to help.” There was no second-guessing. No disbelief. He knew I could do this, so he supported me 100 percent.
Greg: My thoughts were, “Go for it!” Even though I had heard it is statistically impossible to become a DCC, I knew she would always regret not pursuing her dream. Once she set her mind to it, we just supported and encouraged her. She did everything she needed to do to put herself in a position to be competitive.
Have you been surprised with what goes into being a DCC, from the tryouts to the games to the appearances?
Greg: Absolutely surprised. Being in the military, I know about tough training and never expected to see it in a group of cheerleaders. What I found during the preparation for tryouts, the tryouts themselves and the game rehearsals was a group of elite athletes with the mental toughness of warriors. I couldn’t do it.
How does dad handle seeing you perform, not to mention posing in calendars, with millions watching you?
Chelsea: My dad loves seeing me perform. He is not an emotional man, but when he sees me dancing at Cowboys Stadium, living my dream, it makes him overwhelmed with happiness. I know he is proud of me and I can always count on him to flash me an “I love you” sign from the stands.
Greg: As far as nervousness or having difficulty? There’s none at all.
What has your dad’s love and support meant to you?
Chelsea: My dad’s love and support mean everything to me. He is the man that I will always respect more than anyone in my life. I have always been the one to love and support him through wars and battles. And not only that, but in life. He is an amazing man of God who inspires people every single day. To think that I have his support means more to me than anything ever will.