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Brown: Evans grad will be on the field for Super Bowl

Posted: February 5, 2017 - 2:07am
Evans High graduate Cayla Hale will be on the field cheering for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI tonight in Houston.
Evans High graduate Cayla Hale will be on the field cheering for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI tonight in Houston.

Super Bowl LI will take place this evening between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It will be the most watched television event again this year, with more than 115 million viewers in the United States alone.

Well, if you did not already have plenty of reasons to pull for your home state team, I will give you one more. Her name is Cayla Hale. Cayla graduated from Evans in 2006 and the University of Georgia in 2011.

Three years ago, she went through the rigorous process to become an Falcons cheerleader. Her mom and dad (Bobby and Cindy Hale) still live in Columbia County, as does her sister, Ashley.

Each of them are huge supporters of Cayla, and now they will get the chance to see her on the biggest stage possible. I did a column a couple of years ago when Cayla found out she had made the team, so I figured, since she is having the experience of a lifetime, I would do a quick Q&A with her leading up to the big game.

 

Q: What has this season been like?
A: This season has been a dream come true. What the Falcons have done with Brotherhood has impacted not only the team, but the cheerleading team and the entire city of Atlanta as well. We have had so many fun events and experiences I never thought I would ever get to do, and I am so grateful for it. All the hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.

 

Q: How crazy were Falcons fans late in the season?
A: Atlanta fans have Blown Up! I absolutely love it. The city of Atlanta needed it and it has brought everyone together and we get so much support. People say "Rise Up" everywhere I go. It is such a great feeling and good vibe.

 

Q: I know you had a busy schedule this week in Houston. What are some of the things you were able to do?
A: We did Good Morning America, Fox News and The Today Show. We also did a segment with Inside Edition and the Belgium NFL Network.

As soon as we landed we hit the ground running, but we have been able to meet so many celebrities and enjoy some great food as well. We have the Falcons' welcome party tonight (Friday) and practice this evening, too, which will be fun. And there are a lot of exciting things to come.

 

Q: Has it sunk in that you will be on the field with more than 115 million people watching?
A: It really won't hit me until game day, but I know I will be so grateful and full of butterflies. The man upstairs has really blessed me, and I am so thankful for every single moment and experience. Some days, I'm like, "Wow, why me?" But it's all part of His plan and I am so happy I have been able to live out my dreams.

 

I have written plenty of columns about former athletes who are great representatives for our area. Well, add Cayla Hale to that list. She had a goal of being a professional cheerleader, she worked extremely hard to make that dream a reality, and now she will get to perform with the world watching. That's pretty cool if you ask me.

 

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