Rachel Washburn is a an ex-Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader (2007-2009) who joined left the squad to join the United States Army. She was honored this week during the Eagles’ December 22nd home game as the “Hometown Hero.”
It may not look like a tough job, but being a cheerleader can take just as much strength and fight out of a person as the football players who are beating each other’s brains out on the field. They both require a strict exercise and diet regime to stay in shape for the game. They both require an insane amount of personal discipline and characters. They both have to put up with the hooting and hollering, especially the cheerleaders thanks to mindless male fans who relentlessly bombard them with snickers and come-ons on game day as they jump and dance in skimpy outfits that show off just the right amount of…I totally just forgot what I was talking about.
Oh yeah, toughness. Right. Rachel Washburn is a perfect example of that toughness since she went from working as a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles to serving in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant that included tours in Afghanistan, according to CNN.
Washburn spent a good portion of her life in the military before she picked up the pom-poms for Philly’s hometown team. She actually got an ROTC scholarship to Drexel University where she also worked on the dance team before winning a spot on the Eagles’ cheerleading team. However, when her nation send out the distress call, she answered it without question and served two tours in Afghanistan where she helped deliver a baby during a blinding snowstorm. The most amazing part is she’s actually considering going back. If a super hot cheerleader holding a pom-pom in one hand and an M4 carbine rifle in the other doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, then get some new tear ducts.