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  • Oldest NFL chearleader Laura Vikmanis' story getting the Hollywood treatment

    Ben-Gal Laura Vikmanis. (

    The NFL’s oldest cheerleader just scored a movie deal with New Line.

    Laura Vikmanis shakes pom poms and does high kicks at the ripe old age of 42 for the lowly Cincinnati Bengals. A team so bad the last couple of years she was probably the most interesting thing to watch on the field.

    New Line obviously thinks so, as they have picked up the rights to her story, and assigned writers whose credits include “Gnomeo and Juliet” and “Ratatouille,” the Hollywood Reporter reports.

    Her story is pretty cool.

    After her husband left her for a younger woman, she told her sister at a Bengals game that cheerleading looked like fun, and maybe she’d give it a try.

    Vikmanis, who has two daughters, tried out for the Ben-Gals at age 39 and was rejected.

    PHOTOS: Go to for more pics of Vikmanis.

    She didn’t give up, kept working out and training, and the next year, at age 40, she was in!

    “She is a 42-year-old in a sea of 20-year-olds; she’s definitely a fish in out of water. It’s a great contrast. And she proved you can reinvent yourself at any age,” said one of the producers.

    Wonder what Vikmanis’ ex-husband is thinking about his decision now.


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