A 335-pound cheerleader is on the Miami Hurricanes’ football recruiting radar. Oh, and he’s on UCLA’s too.
Yes, Armand Fernandez-Pierre is a male cheerleader at Episcopal School of Dallas. But he’s also an impressive nose tackle.
KDFW-Fox 4 in Dallas reports that Fernandez-Pierre suffered a neck injury playing football when he was in the eighth grade, so he switched to cheerleading. But it’s hard to miss a 335-pound cheerleader around campus, so Episcopal coach Clayton Sanders sought him out.
“I met him in the cafeteria, shook his hand, he liked to crush my hand, and I said this kid has got to play football,” Sanders told KDFW.
But there were conditions that the player gave the football coach.
“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,” Fernandez-Pierre said.
And they did in time for his senior year.
Now, Fernandez-Pierre does football practice and cheerleading practice during the week, and plays in games and performs at halftime on Friday nights.
While Fernandez-Pierre does some good cheerleading moves, it’s his play on the football field that has schools talking. KDFW says the UM Hurricanes and UCLA Bruins are looking at the player, who "manhandled" opponents in his team's season-opener.
While he likes both sports, Fernandez-Pierre says there’s one advantage to football. “With football I love to be, how can you say it, brutal,” he said.
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