Friday, February 20, 2009

In “Fired Up,” a teen comedy in area theaters this weekend, a pair of high school football hunks head for the sidelines to become cheerleaders. Stigma aside, it works for these secure-in-their-manhood dudes.

1. George W. Bush — Save the snickering. In the early ‘60s, the former president was head cheerleader at the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

2. Steve Martin — According to a 1978 article in Newsweek, the comedian-author tried unsuccessfully to write his own cheers during his tenure as a cheerleader at Garden Grove High School in Southern California. One went: “Die, you gravy-sucking pigs!”

3. Samuel L. Jackson — Yup: At Riverside High in Chattanooga, Tenn. If you poke fun, the “Pulp Fiction” actor will strike down upon thee with great vengeance.

4. Trent Lott/Thad Cochran — Aspiring senators, do not necessarily read too much into the fact that these pols were cheerleaders at the same university (Ole Miss).

5. Jimmy Stewart — The late acting legend was head cheerleader at Princeton University. He also could play a mean accordion. A wonderful life, indeed.

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