Both squeals of excitement and sighs of relief could be heard Wednesday evening from the Houston Methodist Training Center as the 2014 Houston Texans Cheerleaders were announced.
HTC director and head coach Alto Gary was onsite to announce the squad members one by one. Standing at the end of a rolled out red carpet inside the Texans’ indoor practice facility, Gary presented official Texans pompoms to each of the 35 women who made the team.
"I'm so excited this day has come," Gary said. "I finally have a new squad, and I think the thing I'm most excited about is there are so many girls where it's their fourth year trying out and they made it. So I'm ecstatic for them that they worked so hard and it paid off.
"This is an exciting time for them, and to see those girls who it's their fourth time trying out or even their first time and they make it, they get so excited and run down the red carpet. The excitement rubs off on me. It makes me more excited to do things for them. The sky's the limit tonight."
More than 1,000 hopefuls tried out for the squad on Saturday, April 5. The pool was cut to 53 finalists after two days of tryouts, with the final team consisting of 35 members.