23 year old Courtney Lenz of Baltimore was five-year veteran of the Ravens cheerleading squad (it’s weird to think that anyone who’s 23 is a veteran at anything) and she is the only cheerleader with more than three years of experience that didn’t receive an invite to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
Although she’s also the only cheerleader that retired at the end of the regular season.
“I wouldn’t even have reached out and let fans know if I didn’t think it was clearly wrong,” Lenz said according to Eliza Murphy of ABC News. “I’m just devastated by the whole situation. This was very unexpected… I didn’t even think there would be a chance of me not going with being a five-year veteran.”
I’m confused. If she retired at the end of the regular season, why is she surprised she didn’t get invited to the Super Bowl?
The NFL only allows teams to bring 32 of their 60 cheerleaders to the big game. Typically it’s the veterans or those who spend the most time working in the community that get to wave their pompoms at the Super Bowl.
Pasadena resident Debbie Kammerer created an online petition that requests an invite for Lenz to be reinstated. There are some real gems in the preamble.
She was ranked 57 among 100 hottest Cheerleaders this season & is a featured cheerleader in many print articles.
Courtney announced she was retiring during the last home game at the end of the season which didn’t go well with the director. She was told she didn’t put in as many appearance hours this season as she did the past 4 yrs while in college. This season she earned her B.S. degree and got a full time job… Bad call. They also stated she struggled with weight on occasion & she had been benched for 2 lb weight gain during a game earlier in the fall, which is a absurd, unhealthy and a complete inaccurate measurement of a woman’s “appearance” and size!
Courtney is beautiful & this organization that is supposedly out there to promote self esteem and healthy body image to millions of young girls and women nationwide has done a big injustice to Courtney & we are outraged! She deserves to be out on the field with her teammates, her family.
Why didn’t you mention that she was the 57th hottest cheerleader before? Had they have known that, the Ravens would have definitely invited the retired cheerleader.
It’s really disappointing when you leave something behind (like a football team) and they go on to great things (like the Super Bowl). But unfortunately, when it happens you shouldn’t be surprised when you’re not a part of it.