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Former Durant cheerleader on Dolphins squad

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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Former Durant High School cheerleader Tori Moses is back on the sidelines — this time, wearing aqua and blue.

Moses, 26, was recently named to the Miami Dolphins cheerleading squad. Now living in the Fort Lauderdale area, Moses said she decided to get back into cheerleading as a way to have fun.

"I really missed it," said Moses, who last cheered for Durant, from which she graduated in 2004. "It's amazing. I'm loving every minute of it."

After cheering for four years at Durant, Moses went to the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Gators Dazzlers dance team from 2004-2007.

Now Moses is one of 44 cheerleaders on the Dolphins squad, and she's a natural, according to Emily Newton, cheerleading director and coordinator for the team.

"Tori has really been a great addition, absolutely," she said.

Getting the call to cheer in the National Football League was exciting for Moses.

"As soon as I found out, was calling and texting everybody I knew," she said.

Her first game as a Dolphins cheerleader was the Aug. 10 preseason game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The CBS crew's cameras focused on her a couple of times, and she heard from lots of people back home.

"They said they saw me on TV. Of course, I was very happy," she said.

Away from cheerleading, Moses works in a pediatric orthodontist office while she waits to go to school to be a physician's assistant.

Moses' mom, Lori Moses, said she and her husband, Chip, were thrilled when she made the Dolphins cheerleading squad. "We're very proud. She worked very hard."


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