335-Pound High School Cheerleader Is Doubling as a Star Nose Tackle

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterSeptember 5, 2013

Image via KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth
Image via KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth

He drops halfbacks for a loss in the first two quarters and leads cheers at halftime. 

Meet Armand Fernandez-Pierre—the 335-pound high school cheerleader turned star nose tackle.

Joe Student of Busted Coverage spotted the story of the mammoth cheerleading lineman, whose size and power are reportedly catching the attention of college football scouts. 

Fernandez-Pierre's story was first covered by KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth (via LarryBrownSports.com).

A senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Fernandez-Pierre began cheerleading after sustaining a neck injury playing football in middle school. The scare kept him off the gridiron and on the spirit squad until his senior year at Episcopal, where he has decided to give pigskin another try.

It was a perfect choice. The gigantic cheerleader has slipped easily into the role of line-clogging nose tackle and is splitting time between cheering and hitting.

For the first two games of the season, Fernandez-Pierre has taken off his pads at halftime and helped the cheerleading squad pump up the crowd.

According to KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth, football coach Clayton Sanders knew he had a football player on his hands from the moment he set eyes on the cheerleading squad’s star. 

“Met him in the cafeteria...shook his hand. He liked to crush my hand,” Sanders told KDFW. “I said, ‘This kid’s got to play football.’”

Episcopal’s cheer coach Eric Daboa was slow to share him with Sanders' team, however.

“We fought tooth and nail to keep him on our team and our sideline,” Daboa told KDFW. “But we realized what a good athlete he is and understand the opportunities he would have with football.”

While a physical phenom, Fernandez-Pierre’s interests aren’t confined to the football field. He participates in choir, theatre and works part time with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. 

In a nutshell, this is a talented young man who can wreck an offensive line, throw a cheerleader into low orbit and fix her laptop before she falls back to Earth.

Not too shabby, guy.

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