Last week we broke the story of the Oakland Raiders hiring the NFL’s only grandmother cheerleader – Susie Sanchez. Now comes the news that’s rocking the Australian news media this morning. The Dallas Cowboys will have the very first Australian NFL cheerleader – Angela Nicotera – on its sideline Aug. 11 when the team faces Denver. Ms. Nicotera had spent the last couple years cheering for an Aussie rugby team.
Again, we have no idea why the Cowboys, as the Raiders failed to do, haven’t been promoting their new import. No mention of the new Thunder from Down Under on the Facebook account. Even the Cowboys cheerleader site is using cryptic names to prevent you morons from harassing the ladies.
But Australia is all over this story. The Manly, Australia newspaper has gone full-on i-Team.
Monique Carroll, who mentored Ms Nicotera at the Sea Eagles’ cheer squad, announced the news today and said the 26-year-old was in shock.
“I just got off the phone to her and she’s just beyond excited … she’s in shock and can’t believe this has actually happened,” Mrs Carroll said.
“She’s the first Australian to become an American sweetheart, as they call it over there, and she’s made it to the best of the best squads.”
Nicotera has spent the past nine years of her life cheering for the Manly Seabirds so, as with Sanchez, if the 2011 lockout would have continued it would have been crushing to both. And Australia.