Oakland, Calif. – Although at the age of 42, Laura Vikmanis remains the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, one of the organization’s newest cheerleaders, Susie Sanchez, is reportedly the only grandmother cheering on the sidelines.
Sanchez was recently given the cheering gig by the Oakland Raider after trying out multiple times for the squad.
She told the Hollister Pinnacle that once she learned she’d been accepted as a cheerleader for the team, “I just started crying… It was like, ‘wow.’ I was overwhelmed with emotion… just never give up.”
Sanchez, at 37, has three children and one grandchild.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Sanchez is not the first grandmother to cheer the Raiders, with Kathey Ferrin being the first during the 2003/2004 season.
Vikmanis, the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, is currently on the Cincinnati Bengals squad and, like Sanchez, was rejected the first time she tried out at the age of 40.
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Her words of encouragement to others is similar Sanchez’s, as she noted, “I look at myself as a role model for my children to show them no matter what age or dream you have, you can work really hard and achieve it.”
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