Highly touted high school football player also a cheerleader (video)
Usually, when one thinks of the stereotypical male cheerleader, the hilarious mess that is the guy in this video comes to mind. Rarely would one conjure up the image of a 335-pound behemoth inspiring team spirit, let alone one who also plays football and happens to be a highly recruited college prospect.
But that is indeed the case with Armand Fernandez-Pierre, a senior nose tackle at Episcopal School of Dallas (Tex.). Not only is he a dual-“sport” threat in high school, he excels at football and has been recruited by the likes of UCLA and Miami.
And it appears that cheerleading, above football, is his true, number-one passion.
Fernandez-Pierre is so dedicated to cheerleading that he only agreed to play football if was allowed to cheer as well during games. That’s right, he suits up for the first half, does some cheerleading during halftime and returns to the field for the second half.
The high school football coach -- as well as his cheer coach -- protested at first, but the kid's mind was made up.
His double-duty during games began when football coach Clayton Sanders spotted Armand.
He says the senior was reluctant at first, because he'd suffered a serious neck injury playing football as an eighth grader.
He decided to stick to cheerleading as a junior, but agreed to play football his senior year.
"The deal was that he and my cheer coach would have to figure a way that I could play both sports in the same season," Armand said.
His cheer coach briefly protested, but realized the opportunities Armand would have to play college football.
"We fought tooth and nail to keep him just on our team and our sideline," Eric Daboa, Episcopal School of Dallas cheer coach, said. "But we realized what a good athlete he is and understand the opportunities that he would have with football."
"[Cheer] is about encouraging each other and moving forward as a group and a team," Armand said. "When it comes to football I love being able to be, I guess - how could you say it - brutal."
I imagine brutal would also describe how this young man would treat any guy who dared give him grief for his dedication to and love for cheerleading.
[H/T Sports Grid]