Battle of the Beauties: Dolphins and Bucs Cheerleaders Face Off in Boca
They usually cheer from the sidelines, but on Sunday, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders took the field — well, the beach at Spanish River Park — to compete in volleyball, tug of war, flag football and on an obstacle coarse.
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Playing to WIN! No sissy-girls on this team.
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On Friday, December 16, Ft. Carson Exchange welcomed four members of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleading team to the installation! The first stop on their whirlwind tour was to the 4th Infantry/4thBrigade, where they met with troops and their families who are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in early 2012. The ladies were a welcome sight to all ages, and they were happy to sign squad photos and pose for pictures. They even managed to find a little bit of snow on a clear, sunny day in Colorado Springs!
The ladies also visited the Ft. Carson Kennels for a K-9 demonstration. They were given the chance to suit-up and be this working dogs chew-toy! A visit to the Ft. Carson Thunder Alley Bowling Lanes completed a busy day and bowlers really appreciated the cheerleaders taking the time to visit…and of course to bowl.
Eager Miami Dolphin fans started to line up on a busy Saturday for the in-store meet and greet. There were lots of Miami Dolphins jerseys and t-shirts to be seen in the store that day. For many fans these pictures would be their 2011 Christmas cards! Powerzone SAM Sean Mc Coy (a die-hard Dolphins fan) thought that Christmas had come early for him! The visit was a huge success, and our customers were thrilled with the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies. Their smiles and support of the military community during this busy holiday season was greatly appreciated, and a huge boost to the morale of the Ft. Carson service members and their families!
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In the middle of a game? Seriously?
Ariana, a five-year veteran and two-year captain, has been selected as the MDC representative for the 2012 Pro Bowl. A South Florida native, she has been with the squad since she was 18 and is currently a junior studying communications at a local university. Being selected Pro Bowl Cheerleader is considered to be the highest honor a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader can receive.
“I am so honored to be chosen by my teammates to represent the Miami Dolphins for the 2012 Pro Bowl,” Ariana said. “I was so overwhelmed with joy when they called my name on the field and was excited to celebrate it having my best friends right beside me. It means so much that my teammates view me as the best representation of this squad. I know that I won’t let them down. I am looking forward to being in Hawaii for the first time and meeting the other talented Pro Bowl cheerleaders!”
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It looks like the Saints have selected their Pro Bowl Cheerleader. I *think* this is Danielle, but I won't swear to it.
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Ashton Landgraf even got a comment from the mayor when she stepped to the podium to tell City Council why she wanted to be on the city’s volunteer community relations board.
“Another cute young lady,” Mayor Susan Whelchel said at the Nov. 22 council meeting, as Landgraf followed fellow board candidate Elizabeth Suarez.
Landgraf, who was on the Dolphins’ squad from 2007 through this year, said her international travel experience as a cheerleader, their tie-ins with charities and her love of Boca as a native daughter moved her to apply. She’s finishing up a graduate degree in communications at Florida Atlantic University and working, she said later.
Both women were approved to fill vacancies on the board.
Thanks to reader Kevin, who made his annual journey to Miami last Sunday for the Redskins-Dolphins game. He shared a few photos of the Dolphins Cheerleaders with us:
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By Michele Wright
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The life of a Miami Dolphins cheerleader may seem glamorous, with all the adoring fans and being in the spotlight for some of the biggest football games and events in the world.
However being a professional cheerleader is more than just a pretty face. CBS 12’s Michele Wright reveals the secrets of the sideline.
The Sun Life Stadium is quiet now, but it’s the home of the Miami Dolphins football team. Sunday fun day with football, food, fun and the ladies on the sidelines cheering everyone on…the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.
As a former NFL Cheerleader (Jacksonville Jaguars ROAR), I got the exclusive CBS 12 interview, and sat down with two local Phins cheerleaders. They stopped by the CBS 12 studios, giving us a rare look into the life of a NFL cheerleader. Brianne Herndon is a veteran cheerleader from Port St. Lucie. And Kylee Rodgers is a rookie living in West Palm Beach.
“I love being on field, it’s the most amazing experience. fans screaming…best seat in the house,” Herndon said. “I’ve always done dancing my entire life every since I was 2. Dad grew up in Ft. Lauderdale born & raised. Grew up watching Miami Dolphins. I grew up around the Dolphins. We always had season tickets and I would always go to the game & when I saw the cheerleaders. I fell in love. I knew when I turned 18. I wanted to tryout for Miami Dolphins.”
“I love it here…being a part of Dolphins icing on the cake,” Rodgers said. “I’ve been an athlete my entire life. Really inspired to try-out for the NFL squad because I enjoy performing and working out and being a part of a team with 41 other beautiful women to support me and work hard with is a dream opportunity.
The pay range is $20-$50 per home game. With over 500 appearances with the Miami Dolphins organizatio, the unveiling of their new 2010 swimsuit calendar, full-time jobs and school, these ladies stay busy on and off the field.
“My entire day can be demanding at times,” Rodgers said. “I definitely get up bright and early work all the way to 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
“The hard work together, the sweat, moments, calendar unveiling, excitement can’t describe it, I live for it.”
What are the myths about being an NFL cheerleader?
“I think the biggest one is that we don’t work hard,” Rodgers said. “You should see us after practice. We really work hard, learn routines, look beautiful on the field.”
“Everyone thinks that we’re always glamorous,” Herndon said. “No, we have practice 3 times a week from 6-10 & its hard work to cheer on our favorite team. We’re dancing the whole time.”
What do the fans think of the cheerleaders?
“They’re always excited to see us,” Herndon said. “It puts a smile on our face, how excited they are to get our autograph. Just to see their faces.”
“If we wave at a young child or a really excited fan,” Rodgers said, “it brings a smile and a feeling I can’t describe.”
How do the cheerleaders inspire others?
“You do the best you can, it’s that sparkle,” Herndon said.
“Believe in yourself. It’s about being a role model to young women, know how to present yourself, care about community, get involved, doing the right thing,” Rodgers said.
The ladies tell me that they LOVE performing in front of the fans, but they are most proud of their work in the community.
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Click here to check out the NFL’s latest cheerleader photos. It’s Military Appreciation month. Last week, the Texans Cheerleaders wore their military outfits, and this week was the Colts Cheerleaders’ turn.
Kellie Covington earns captain’s duties in third NFL season.
By Mike Dunham
Anchorage Daily News
November 12, 2011
In the history of the National Football League, only 10 Alaskans have gone onto the field as players. A lot fewer have made the cut to be cheerleaders for an NFL team.
One who has is Kellie Covington of Anchorage, now in her third year with the Miami Dolphins. Covington is the captain of the “Wolf Pack” squad, named in honor of her home state’s dominant canine predator.
“I run 10 girls on the sidelines,” she said, supervising their performance and creating the group’s choreographic routines. The 42-member cheerleading team has four captains and to be selected in her third year is “an honor,” she said.
“On the other hand, I’m also the scapegoat, the one who has to answer when anything goes wrong.”
Covington, 25, was born in Anchorage. Her father, Rodney Henderson, was a news anchorman on KIMO television and later sales manager at KTBY.
Kellie attended Rogers Park Elementary, Wendler Middle School and East High. A self-described tomboy, she didn’t participate in cheerleading or organized sports, except for some track at Wendler and extra-curricular soccer. “I preferred snowboarding,” she said.
The family moved to Slidell, La., in her junior year. She attended Florida International University in Miami and got into dance and sports. Covington helped compile statistics on college teams and started cheerleading. Friends urged her to try out for the Dolphins, but she resisted.
“I’m an outdoors girl. I like hunting and fishing. Putting me in a two-piece uniform with a lot of makeup is a little out of my league,” she said. “But I finally got up the courage and tried out.”
The cheerleaders practice three nights a week. “Basically it’s a high cardio workout for three and a half hours,” she said. “It gets a little easier later in the season when you get more familiar with what you’re doing.”
A big part of the job is public service work. “One of my favorites is ‘Shopping with the ‘Fins’ at Thanksgiving. We take 50 or 60 underprivileged kids shopping for groceries. It’s nice.”
Other community events include backpack giveaways and clothes shopping events with similar children, reading programs, hospital and military events, fundraisers for cancer research and abused women’s shelters and foreign trips.
“We went to Haiti three months after the earthquake. I’ve been to Honduras, Japan; we’re going to Mexico at the end of the month. We really do go year-round.”
For all that, it’s still a part-time gig. Covington’s day job is as a restaurant and recreation supervisor for Marriott International. (“An Alaska company!” she said, noting the connection with NANA Regional Corp.) “I run two bars, three swimming pools and oversee kids’ activities and summer camps.”
Of course, cheerleading is not a career that’s likely to see you into retirement. After switching majors from journalism to education, Covington is now pursuing a degree in English, which she expects to complete this year.
“I’d like to teach English or history,” she said. “Preferably in the upper grades. I did preschool for a year and got way too attached to the children. Older kids hate their teachers, so that works.”
Beyond teaching, however, she has hopes of starting her own charity group. She’s just begun working on the paperwork required to become a tax-exempt organization for orphans, foster kids and abandoned children.
“The idea is to mentor the kids, provide them with that sense of support they otherwise don’t get, let them know they’re not forgotten,” she said.
Her other goal is to get back to Alaska to visit family. She’s partial to coming up during the State Fair or at Christmas.
“I want to see either a giant turkey leg or a white Christmas,” she said. “In Florida, people don’t get it. It’s 85 degrees. There’s something unholy about palm trees with Christmas lights on them. It’s not OK. Santa on an alligator is not OK.”
Shannon Ford was Miss Florida USA in 2002 and a Dolphins Cheerleader in 2001
Two years ago, Mrs. United States 2011 Shannon Ford was diagnosed with celiac disease, an intestinal disorder triggered by eating gluten. Since then, she has embraced “a paleo lifestyle” that includes eating lean meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts and doing CrossFit, which focuses on functional movements.
Ford, who was Miss Florida USA in 2002 and a Dolphins Cheerleader in 2001, took part in the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge on Nov. 6. She trained for the event four times a week but didn’t let that interfere with her daily workouts of jogging and doing CrossFit.
Why do you keep fit?
I feel better when I work out, and obviously looking good is part of it. When I was preparing for the pageant, my workouts increased.
Exercise has almost become an addiction and anchors my day. I start off the day working out, and if I miss a day, I feel something is missing. Even on our recent cruise, [my husband and I] worked out every day.
What’s your workout routine?
I’m cycling about three times a week at night, and then a longer ride on the weekends. It’s the same type of training I did … for the NYC Marathon.
I belong to CrossFit Vida Brickell, and my regular routine starts with waking up at 5:45 every morning. The [gym] is a mile from my home so I run to it, take the 6:30 class and run back.
The CrossFit workouts are hourlong. The basis is high-intensity, high-impact training. There’s warmups, stretching, sometimes skill work as well. But the actual workout-of-the-day, or WOD, lasts 10 minutes to half an hour, and then you’re finished. Today’s time limit was 15 minutes and I finished in 11.
WOD is a prescribed certain number of moves, sometimes a lot of cardio, sometimes heavy lifting. That way your body doesn’t get bored and assimilate to the movements.
Why do CrossFit?
I’ve done it for almost a year, and it’s the first I’ve ever done [where] every day is hard, never gets easy. I did boot camp for a year and a half and hit a plateau, got bored.
In addition to CrossFit, I belong to the Sports Club/LA, where sometimes I’ll take Zumba, Pilates, boxing, to mix it up. If it’s something I enjoy, I don’t feel I’m working out.
Do your exercises change before a pageant?
The four to six weeks before one, I’ll focus more on cardio. I don’t typically do a lot of cardio, except running to and from the gym and the occasional dance class. But before a competition, I’ll increase.
You can tailor CrossFit to what your needs are. For the pageant, a lean model look was beneficial for me, so I wasn’t focused on building muscle. It was more toning. I didn’t necessarily increase my weights but stayed at what I hit. Now I’ve resumed trying to get stronger.
Does celiac disease affect your fitness?
CrossFit works really well with someone like me with celiac because we resort to a paleo lifestyle, and I have a paleo lifestyle of eating no gluten.
Before being diagnosed, I wasn’t always physically fit. I always worked out here and there, but it was not part of my daily life. In 2009, I was diagnosed with it, and that went hand in hand with learning what to eat, how to become healthier. I learned about organic food and how all the additives are bad for you. I started getting more energy to work out and feel good.
Have you played competitive sports?
No. Today I enjoy running local 5Ks, and I’ve placed a couple times in my age division.
Does your family keep fit?
My husband lifts weights and runs. That was one of the things that bonded us as a couple: our bond of fitness.
He’s a police officer so we work different schedules. A weekend 5k is our weekend going-out.
Any health vices?
No, but I love chocolate. That’s it. And I’m a sucker for chips and salsa, which isn’t paleo.
You’ve mentioned paleo twice. Can you tell us more about that?
[Paleo involves] eating organic foods as much as possible and doing exercises that mimic the caveman’s lifestyle. That’s where CrossFit comes in.
What’s your typical daily diet?
I eat what our ancestors ate: lean meats, vegetables, some fruits, some nuts, and no dairy, grains or legumes. It’s naturally gluten-free, so it is a diet that suits someone with celiac disease.
Typically I have three meals. Breakfast is egg whites with two full eggs sunny side or prepared somehow. Maybe half a grapefruit, some sort of vegetable like grilled tomato. And I loved grilled bacon.
Lunch might be mahi-mahi with a salad. Dinner: grilled chicken with asparagus.
If I’m hungry, I’ll have snacks, but I don’t program my snacks.
I work out fasted.
What do you drink typically?
A lot of water. I don’t drink a lot of soda. I love wine, so I’ll have occasional wine or gluten-free vodka. Occasional coffee.
Do you take vitamins or sports nutrition products?
I recently got introduced to a whey protein. I’m not big on protein supplements but I’ve added it when strength training. It’s called Progenex.
I also will take BCAAs [branch-chained amino acids] and a multi-vitamin, fish oil.
Where did you acquire your fitness knowledge?
Since I’ve subscribed to the paleo lifestyle, I’ve read “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf.
Any advice for South Florida residents looking to get fit?
I learned that it’s 80 percent diet and 20 percent working out to keep fit.
Sun Life stadium was invaded on Sunday as thousands of Florida Gator fans arrived to root on Tim Tebow following his promotion to starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Despite non-stop cheer dancing under the blazing sun by the Miami Cheerleaders, the Dolphins did manage to lose a sixth consecutive game. At least they gave me an overtime period to shutter a few extra photos.
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