Kelly Stafford won't be reprising her role from college, where she was a cheerleader at the University of Georgia. But once the Detroit Lions announced they would be having cheerleaders the wife of quarterback Matthew Stafford decided to lend a helping hand.
Kelly Stafford announced Wednesday she will one of the judges to help pick Detroit's first cheerleading team when tryouts take place Saturday at Ford Field. The Lions officially decided to add cheerleaders last week to add to the team's game-day experience.
Among the people to congratulate Kelly Stafford in the comments was Elise Pollard, the fiancee of Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.
Kelly Stafford, when she was Kelly Hall, was a cheerleader for the Bulldogs when her future husband, Matthew Stafford, was the team's quarterback. Eventually they started dating, got engaged and then married last year. Kelly Stafford has shown her athletic chops before, including in this video from 2014 where she's making a bunch of 3-pointers.
The team will be coached by Rebecca Girard-Smoker. Preliminary tryouts are Saturday at 8 a.m. at Ford Field, with semifinal callbacks on Sunday at 8 a.m. and finals on Monday at Ford Field at a time to be determined.
The minimum age to be a Lions cheerleader is 21 by July 1. There is no maximum age limit. Here's a long list of what the Lions are looking for in their cheerleaders and during the tryouts -- including that they "may not be employed or perform for any other professional or college dance or cheerleading team or be employed by an agency." They also must "sign both a confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement and a non-compete agreement."