Paris Jackson earned national headlines in early March when photos and videos emerged showing her cheering for the Sherman Oaks (Ca.) Buckley School boys basketball team. She appeared to be excited and effervescent and, at least in attitude, everything a cheerleader should be.A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
At the time, plenty of people chimed in saying they were thrilled to see Paris just being a regular teen, enjoying life while doing precisely what plenty of other 14-year-old girls want to. Now an NFL team has caught on, and they want her to considering cheering for them in the future.
As reported by Yahoo! via TV Guide and a host of other sources, Barbara Zaun, the cheerleading director for the Philadelphia Eagles, told TMZ that her squad was interested in adding Jackson to their group.
"We thought that she had a lot of poise, confidence and enthusiasm in her cheer performance," Zaun told the online gossip website. "Paris has that 'wow factor' that makes a great cheerleader.
"She is already very comfortable in the limelight, so we think she would definitely stand out and impress the judges. ... We hope that she will try out for the team and be an Eagles cheerleader!"
It's worth mentioning that the team isn't asking Jackson to move across country and start cheering for the Eagles this minute. After all, that would break child labor laws. Not to mention that putting a 14-year-old in the annual Eagles Cheerleader Lingerie Calendar might qualify as child pornography. Rather, the Eagles are encouraging the celebrity teen to try out and join the squad once she turns 18, after her senior year of high school.
Naturally, a lot can change in four years. It's impossible to know if Jackson will even still be interested in cheerleading come fall 2017. Still, the fact that an NFL squad is already reaching out to her in hopes of having her join in the future can only mean one of two things: A) Jackson really has a knack for this cheerleading thing, or B) Boy the Eagles are desperate for some positive press.
You decide which of those two motivations is more likely for the Eagles' outreach, and kudos to Jackson either way.