Pigskins & Poms: Players, Cheerleaders Try to Make the Team

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NORTH TEXAS — It's day two of Cowboys Rookie mini-camp and the rookies were hard at work, trying to earn a spot on America`s Team.

“I always feel like I have something to prove, whether I was the bottom guy or the top guy, that`s just part of my nature," George Farmer said. He's an undrafted free agent receiver out of USC.

“I`m just here to compete everyday and to show that I`m capable of being that guy again!”

While the newbies at Valley Ranch put their strength and skill to the test on the field, over at AT&T Stadium, another group was out to prove their moves were uniform worthy.

Saturday was the final round of tryouts for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and 82 hopefuls, from all over the world, were hoping to kick, turn and leap on to the team.

“I`m from Sydney, Australia, and I used to cheer for a rugby team in Australia,” cheerleader Angela Rena explained. “My coach guided me into this and now I`m here auditioning for my fifth season!”

Just like the rookies at Valley Ranch, a roster of fresh faces took the stage, all trying to become the newest member of America`s Sweethearts.

“I have danced all of my life, and I actually moved back here to Dallas for my job, and I thought you know what, I`m not getting any younger or any more flexible so this is the year, let`s go for it and give it a try!” West Hardin, first year candidate said.

It may not be wind sprints and tackling drills, but make no mistake this is hard work.

“It is so much more intense than I could`ve ever anticipated, but it`s fun!” Clair Brown from Richardson said. “Everyone`s really nice, energy`s really high, it`s a good time.”

Pretty soon, both teams will be set, and hopefully the rookies in pads will give the rookies with pom poms plenty to cheer about.