Brenda Gold, 54-Year-Old Aspiring Bengals Cheerleader, Is an Inspiration

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2014

Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders perform during in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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As the age-old saying goes, age is just a number.

At 54 years old, Brenda Gold is attempting to prove that saying to be true as she's working to become a member of the Cincinnati Bengals' cheerleading squad.   

Gold's son, 28-year-old Matt Gold, spoke about his mother's decision, per Dana Benbow of The Indianapolis Star (via USA Today):

[She] thinks of big ideas or projects, and goes at them head-on. [...] She was probably watching a Bengals game and saw the cheerleaders and said to herself, 'I can do that.' She probably can, too.

A teacher at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Gold entered a contest on the morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, where she received a full makeover and regained self-confidence.

After replacing her long gray hair with a shorter, updated blonde hairdo, the former college volleyball player at Kentucky has her sights set on returning to athletics as a member of the Ben-Gals.

It appears she already has a few supporters in the hosts of the morning show. According to Casey Weldon and Scott Wegener of WCPO Cincinnati, Kelly Ripa said of Gold's makeover, "Look how sexy this is."

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As for Michael Strahan, a former defensive lineman for the New York Giants who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this year, he wouldn't have minded having Gold on the sidelines if he were still playing, stating, "Coming from a guy who came from sports, you can cheer for my team anytime."

The fanfare is great for Gold, but the confidence that she gained from the experience is what has motivated her to follow through with the goal of making the Ben-Gals squad. Following the show, Gold said, "Now, I really think I can do this."

To go along with her makeover, Gold also plans on starting a series of 10 practice dance classes starting on Tuesday as well as attending some of the squad’s workshops.

The stamina wasn't what worried her; rather, she was concerned about having the look to go along with it. Now that she has the glamorous looks to back up the physical stamina it takes to be an NFL cheerleader, her son believes this couldn't have happened to a better person:

When she puts her mind to something, she's tireless in achieving it, especially as a teacher. It's amazing what she does to help her students each year. I'm rooting for her and wishing her luck, but I don't think she needs it.

She's a great mom and a great person, and it's nice to see her getting some notice.

According to the Bengals' official website, the auditions begin on May 5 for rookies with veterans joining in after cuts are made. The finals for the squad will be open to the public on May 18.

While it may seem like a pipe dream for a woman in her 50s to make a cheerleading squad for an NFL team, Gold now has the skills, the look and, most importantly, the fame to make the team. Her story is one that should inspire people of all ages that it's never too late to pursue their dreams.

Thanks to her story making national television, Gold won't come into the tryouts as an unknown. Her self-proclaimed "positive and enthusiastic" personality will shine through as she hopes to fulfill her goal.

Now with a rejuvenated look and the self-confidence that she can make the team, Gold will be setting out soon to achieve her goal of standing on the sidelines at Bengals games with the Ben-Gals.


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