Terrell Owens has been trying for years to get an NFL team to give him another chance, even posting this week that he can still run a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. But NFL teams have shown no interest.
The CFL, however, might be a different story.
On game days, Wilkins earned a flat rate of about $200. We had to show up hair- and makeup-ready . . . five to six hours before game time, she said. There were performances outside the stadium before the game, as well as some at halftime and, of course, throughout the game. Afterward, they would often meet with squad coaches. You’re looking at a 12-hour day, she said.
While filming the CMT show, the cheerleaders were paid by the Cowboys organization for practice hours as usual, but the clock stops as soon as we stop dancing, said Wilkins. She added that the ladies had to wait around and film one-on-one interviews while judges deliberated — unpaid. I’ve been there as late as 3 a.m., she said. (The network had no comment.)
There are women who quit their day jobs just for training camp because it is so strenuous and so draining, she said.
She not only made the cut, she was named to the elite 16-person show group.
Show group is coveted because that’s the group that gets to go on the USO tours, and also any performances that are outside of the game-day setting, Wilkins explained. Despite the prestige, cheerleaders were not always paid for the time spent prepping for those appearances.
Wilkins made her rent by working part-time as a technician at a cryotherapy spa — which, combined with her new DCC schedule, left her little time to see friends or date.
[Being on the squad] is expected to take priority over your job and your personal life, said Wilkins, who is currently single.
Practice officially starts at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. But you better be there by 6 or 6:30 at the latest, in the locker room practicing before practice. Sometimes we might have a Monday off if the game fell on the Sunday, she said.