Cheerleading for Patriots hectic, ‘unreal’

Tim Malcolm

Kelly Looke’s senior year of college has been eventful, to say the least.

Between juggling a full class schedule at Eastern Connecticut State University, working a part-time job, interning and seeing family and friends, she has been on the sidelines at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, cheering on possibly the greatest team in NFL history.

Put that on a resume.

“Knowing that you’re cheering for one of the best teams of all time is just unreal,” said Looke, 22, a Vernon resident and New England Patriots cheerleader. “I know I’ve loved every second of it.”

Looke auditioned with the Patriots in March and, from a group of almost 300 young women, became one of the team’s 24 cheerleaders. And that final group, Looke said, is a strong bunch of friends.

“Everyone is so down to earth and fun,” Looke said. “It’s nice to be around people like that.”

Looke said the young women understand each others’ hectic schedules, since cheerleading isn’t the only aspect of their lives. Looke said her schedule is busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“There was one week over winter break where I had nothing to do,” she said. “I was watching TV, and it was weird. I couldn’t just sit there.”

Looke will be busy this week, as she and the team travel to Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLII.

“I’m sure it’s going to be four days of nonstop work,” she said. “I’m looking forward to that. How many chances do people get to go to the Super Bowl?”

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