Hey, Kaepernick! Put on a cup and watch this! THIS Cheerleader made it possible for you to have your ‘sit down protest’.
From 2007-2010, Eagles cheerleader Rachel Washburn stood on the Eagles sidelines watching all of the different battles play out between the white lines at Lincoln Financial Field. Just a few years later, Rachel was no longer standing outside the lines. She had traded in her midnight green Vera Wang-designed cheerleader uniform for army fatigues. Rachel left Philadelphia to serve in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Army. Tonight, 1st Lt. Rachel Washburn will return to Lincoln Financial Field and be honored as the Eagles “Hometown Hero.”
Rachel’s story can be traced back to her father, Lon, a military man through and through. Having spent time as a pilot in the Army and Air Force, Lon says that he has moved 17 different times since joining the military out of high school. At least a dozen of those times came after Rachel’s birth. Even with having to move around so often, Rachel gained a level of respect for her father’s career…
…Growing up, Rachel had been a gymnast, and after arriving at Drexel in 2006, she decided to join the dance team. Hearing that one of her friends had become a 76ers cheerleader, Rachel decided to take a stab at the “big leagues.” She tried out for the Eagles Cheerleaders squad, despite having never taken a cheer lesson in her life.
Rachel served as an Eagles cheerleader throughout her time at Drexel. While on the squad, she spent time visiting VA hospitals around the Philadelphia area and was also able to travel to Iraq on a USO tour, something that she called one of the greatest honors of her life…
…Since joining the military out of college, Rachel has had a highly decorated career. At the age of 25, she has already been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat, Airborne and Air Assault Badges. She also helped deliver a baby during a snow storm, taking instructions from military medics via radio…
…“Rachel really is the epitome of an American hero, which is why we are looking forward to Sunday night’s game when we will have the opportunity to acknowledge her bravery and thank her for the sacrifices she has made to serve and protect,” said Barbara Zaun, the Eagles’ director of cheerleading. “It will be very special for me to see her honored as our Hometown Hero after working so closely with her during her time as a cheerleader.”
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Doesn’t this make the Kaepernick and his pig socks look EVEN MORE asinine?