Monday, July 23, 2007

B'wood graduate to cheer in NFL 

Posted by Sasha at 2:11 PM ET

By Joel Luna
The Facts.com
Published July 21, 2007

From Hopper Field to LP Field in Nashville, Lindsey Roznovsky has come a long way since her Brazoswood Buccaneer Belle days.

The 2001 Brazoswood graduate now will be performing in front of about 68,000 Titans fans each home game during the NFL season after being selected to the team’s cheerleading squad.

With 32 women selected for the squad, Roznovsky said she landed one of the final spots with a combination of turns, leaps and hip-hop moves.

“There were two more spots remaining,” Roznovsky said. “Since they hadn’t called my name, I was preparing myself. ‘Well OK, I didn’t make it. Fine.’ During that time that I’m thinking that, they called No. 61 and then they called my name. So I ran up on stage jumping up and down along the way.”

A 2005 Texas A&M graduate with a degree in communications, Roznovsky started the tryout process in April. By mid-May, the Titans cheerleading coordinators were down to 192 women before cutting the number down to 100 and then 63 before the finals.

“It was open to the public and they sold over 1,000 tickets,” Roznovsky said. “In the finals, we danced in groups of three and then were given a 30-second individual performance. They judged us on physical appearance, stage presence, showmanship and our resume. Thirty percent of that was also a one-on-one with the director, Stacy Kinder.”

After final cuts, a 31-woman Titans cheerleading squad was formed to support the team this season, including 15 newcomers.

Roznovsky’s first appearance on the sideline is slated Aug. 11, when the Titans take on Washington in the opening game of the preseason.

The Titans cheerleaders have more than 150 appearances scheduled, along with 10 community events.

“This was an eye-opening experience and great to a be part of something like that,” Roznovsky said. “But there is a lot of work to just shake our pom-poms. I spent over 90 hours just to prepare my (tryout) outfit, and it was expensive.”

For the past two years, Roznovsky has been working at the Country Music Television network as a writer and reporter. She gets to talk to some of the most popular acts in country music.

“I've interviewed people such as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr., Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith — pretty much everyone that does media,” Roznovsky said.

As a reporter for the network, Roznovsky has attended the Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Television Awards.

Her Titans cheerleading director said she looks to having Roznovsky on the squad.

“She is one of our best dancers to begin with, and she looks great,” Kinder said. “The success she’s had in the entertainment industry gave her a leg up. I am very impressed with her work at CMT, and she is very driven.”

Roznovsky started her cheering days as an eighth-grader before joining the Brazoswood Buc Belles for four years from 1998 to 2001. In her junior year in high school, Roznovsky was first captain, second in command. As a senior, she was a head officer.

“I had such good experience at high school because it was such a wonderful program,” Roznovsky said. “That is what made me want to tryout for Tennessee, because I missed the sisterhood.”

Roznovsky’s father, Gerald, played on the 1974 Brazoswood state championship football team, and her mother, Patti, also is a former Brazoswood Buccaneer Belle first captain, second in command.

“We are going to make a trip up there to see her on the field,” Gerald said. “All of our kids are good about setting goals, and Lindsey has done a lot of things already.”

Titans cheerleaders are paid $20 per game and are given two tickets to each home game.

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