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- November 21, 2005
- Vol. 64
- No. 21
Baltimore Ravens': Molly Shattuck
2-4-6-8, the NFL's Oldest Cheerleader Proves That It's Never Too Late
LATEST GIG: Cheerleader for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens
•ONLY AS OLD AS SHE FEELS
Her husband, Mayo, 51, CEO of Constellation Energy, calls her Wonder Woman. "After three hours, she's still bouncing and kicking," he says. Says fellow cheerleader Alyssa Helfenbein: "I'm only 18 and I can't keep up with Molly sometimes. She's inspirational."
•SHE GOT WHAT SHE DESERVES
Though Molly has been a fixture for years at Ravens games along with her husband and their three children-they watch from a corporate box-she and team officials insist the March tryouts, which were judged by out-of-town judges, were totally blind. Really.
•GO, MOLLY, GO
A onetime cheerleader at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 5'4", 108-lb. Molly-who insists the only surgery she has had was for a hernia-follows a rigorous six- day-a-week training regimen. This includes running, two 3-hour practices weekly with the squad and 220 push-ups every other day-often after she bathes her kids and puts them to bed.
When she was still working as a marketing assistant, walking out of an office backwards while talking to a colleague-and, almost literally, sweeping stranger Mayo off his feet. "I met him by running into him," she says. "I almost knocked the guy over."
•MOM'S THE WORD
"Being a cheerleader is an extension of motherhood," says Molly. "Some cheerleaders refer to me as Mama Molly, not because I'm a big old mom but because there is a nurturing side of me. I think there's always room to love more."
•OTHER MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB
Kilimanjaro, for instance, the "next big thing" on her long-term to-do list. Along with seeing the pyramids and going to law school. "Life is gone before you know it," Molly says. "Why not make the most of the time you've got?"
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