Written by SportsDayDFW.com
ESD cheerleader, defensive tackle Armand Fernandez-Pierre getting looks from major BCS programs
If there were doubts that Armand Fernandez-Pierre the cheerleader could readapt to football, they were dispelled during the first drill on the first day of August practice.
Fernandez-Pierre, wearing only shorts, T-shirt and helmet, lined up with four teammates across from a 2,000-pound blocking sled. Three coaches stood atop the sled.
When the whistle blew, Fernandez-Pierre shot forward, snapping off the sled dummy. His teammates cheered.
"After we fixed the sled, Armand was lined up on the far right," Sanders said. "The whistle blew, and he basically was pushing the sled around in circles, the coaches hanging on for dear life.
"That's when we knew we had something special."
After ESD's two preseason scrimmages, Miami, North Carolina, UCLA and several other schools asked for video of Fernandez-Pierre and began keeping tabs on him.
One week into the season, he's making national news. He sees his sudden celebrity as a positive.
"To me, it's a bit of a miracle," he said. "Because I'm not supposed to be walking, let alone being allowed to do the things I enjoy, like dancing and doing cheer and theater and choir and things like that.
"I'm glad that people find what I do as an encouragement for them to always know that they can do what they want to do."