Redskins sign former collegiate cheerleader
The Redskins signed former Packers running back Quinn Porter to their practice squad on Thursday. There's an official rule on Porter's resume that as soon as he appears in town, at least seven reporters must write about the fact that he was once a male cheerleader in college before moving on to football. Oh, and that his nickname is now "Pom-Poms." I'll hereby become one of the seven.
Wisconsin State Journal: As a partial qualifier [at Stillman], he couldn't play as a freshman while he worked in the classroom to become academically eligible. One of the most colorful parts of Porter's journey began when he was approached by two young women during orientation. "Our conversation and everything was going cool," he said, "and then the subject of cheerleading popped up. I was like, 'What? You want me?' "
Packers.com: "I was kind of spooked. I said, 'I'm not a cheerleader, I'm a football player.' But they were like, 'Well, we'll give you scholarship money for the football and basketball seasons, room and board on away games, ...' So I thought about it for three days and called my parents up, and they said, 'If that's what you want to do, go ahead and do it.' "
New York Times: As a stuntman, Porter did back flips, tosses and the like, and [cheerleading coach Patricia Wilson] said he ''made it cool to be a male cheerleader.'' It allowed him to be around the football team and travel to games, where he multitasked, studying the opposing teams' personnel between stunts.
Packers.com: Beginning his college career as "a sixth-string wide receiver wearing No. 80," Porter would hear the defensive guys get on each other every time he caught a pass on the scout team - "Don't let Pom-Poms do that to you ... Can't have Pom-Poms do that again ... Oooh, Pom-Poms has got some game."
Wisconsin State Journal: "I found my niche," said Porter, who acted as a stuntman, doing flips, roundoffs and back handsprings and lifting his female counterparts. "...And the following year, I was out there, I was out there trying to compete."
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