Closer to family members who had played college football.
Sarah's BMI score was "underweight." Her body fat percentage was at the low end of the range typically associated with Olympic athletes. "If I went into a doctor's office, they would have said, 'You need to gain some weight.' It's possible that I couldn't have had children at that point." And? So don't be afraid to share the math with your Constantly remind them that their hard work, dedication, dancing skill, positive attitude, PR savvy, good looks and self-financed tans are essentially commodities, replaceable at any time and for any reason. Don't attend parties at players' homes, don't bring dates to the office Christmas party, don't drink at the office Christmas party, don't wear "clips or tie-backs" in their hair.
"The coaches told me I was perfect where I was at." After a few months of -- ahem -- charity work, Sarah says, her teammates would roll their eyes whenever the team's coaches mentioned an upcoming paid appearance. Instill a sense of perpetual insecurity, and don't ever let them know that Kilpatrick recalled avoiding "corporate Christmas parties and golf carts" -- not because the team received $200 per cheerleader for public appearances but only paid out $75 to said cheerleaders, but because of lecherous men and "a lot of inappropriate touching." Did the Bucs organization encourage its cheerleaders to protect themselves from sexual harassment? Use the phrase don't use slang, never "complain" or be "overly opinionated" about anything.
Never discuss "politics or religion" while dining, never "overeat bread at a formal setting," never "ask for cash gifts as wedding gifts." Avoid "excessive sniffling" and "too many arm movements." "I know that some teams even require their cheerleaders to have full-time jobs," Sarah says.
"Which is probably so they can pay for things." Exercising near-total control will benefit you in two ways.
First, the more rules you have, the more fines you can levy when your inevitably break them.
The Raiders, for example, allegedly fined their cheerleaders to 5 for forgetting to bring their pom-poms to practice or showing up late.
The gig required Sarah to take fitness classes, maintain a winter tan, get her hair and makeup done by professionals. She spent six to eight hours a week practicing dance routines with her teammates.
Sometimes, she felt beautiful, she says, like she was "the epitome of the All-American girl." Then reality set in.
It be exploitation, they'll insist, not when people are lining up for your non-job jobs. "I have to think about it." And therein lies the real trick.