WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University cheerleading squad had a special guest speak to them on September 25 as former National Football League (NFL) cheerleader Lisa Fishbein stopped by practice to meet this year's Bison team. Fishbein, a former Model Secondary School for the Deaf student, was in town for the MSSD 40th anniversary weekend. She spoke of her experiences cheering at MSSD and for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.
"I am thrilled our cheerleading squad had the opportunity to meet with Lisa. She is a true inspiration," said Gallaudet University Athletics Director Michael Weinstock. "I wanted our students to see that a deaf person can compete at the professional athletic level. I hope one of them will follow in her footsteps."
Fishbein, who currently resides in the Bay Area in California, cheered for the Miami Dolphins for three years. She became the third deaf person to hold a full-time job as a cheerleader for a professional football team and the second in the NFL.
"At first it was really difficult cheering in the NFL," said Fishbein. "There are no interpreters and you can't hear the music so you have to go off cues of the cheerleaders around you."
Fishbein is hoping to try out for the San Francisco 49ers' cheerleading squad next year. She ended her speech to the Bison with some sound advice and encouraging words.
"I always wanted to cheer and I am living a dream," said Fishbein. "If you want to become a professional cheerleader you can do it."