Have you ever wondered what people do with their "spare time?"
Typically, people catch up with their reading, perform chores, watch television, listen to music, and so on. It really just depends on the individual.
For Georgia State cheerleading coach, Nicole Duncan, she enjoys dancing and performing. And not just performing in front of a mirror where no one else can see her. She dedicates much of her time along the sidelines on Sunday afternoons in the fall as a cheerleader for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons.
A veteran performer for the Red and Black, Nicole recently volunteered to participate in the NFL Cheerleader Playoffs - an 11-episode series featuring teams of NFL cheerleaders participating in a series of competitions. Each of the 25 NFL cheerleading squads is represented by two members competing in a head-to-head format with the goal of earning the title "Champions of the Sidelines" as the NFL's most complete cheerleading team. The challenge took place July 17-21, in Windsor, Conn, and is airing Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network. The first episode was shown Sept. 14th and rebroadcast's air at 8:30 p.m. the following week.
Each show features four events: two physical challenges, an NFL knowledge game and finally a dance competition.
"It was really fun and exciting, but also very challenging," Duncan expressed of the event. "I was very surprised by the physical competitions. There was a lot of variation, including running, kayaking, swimming, biking, skating, an obstacle course, and so on. But, everyone had a really good time with the event."
Nicole and her Falcons' teammate Brandy, competed against cheerleaders from the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks on week two's episode, which aired Sept. 21. It will be rebroadcast Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. on the NFL Network. The Falcons' team emerged victorious, edging the Chargers for the overall lead in the episode 225 to 220. Nicole and Brandy picked up 20 points in the swim relay, 35 points in the obstacle course, 70 points for the dance routine and 100 on the match game.
The top teams from each episode advance, which means Nicole and her partner continue on to the next round.
"I hope that everyone at Georgia State gets to see the show on Thursday's," Duncan continued. "It was great to be a part of it and I think people will enjoy watching the competitions."
Please click on the following link for more information on the NFL Cheerleader Playoffs.