Southern University cheer captain happy, sad about last game
For every athlete, there is the inevitable day of the last game of his or her careers. For Southern University senior cheer captain, Egypt Taylor, this a day that she is both excited about and dreading.
The Bayou Classic, which pits Southern against cross-state rival Grambling State University, is drawing nearer and marks the last game of the season for the Southern football team. It also marks Taylor’s last time to be on SU’s team cheer.
“Getting a victory over Grambling in my last game would make that moment that much better because we can go out after and celebrate knowing we won the game too,” said Taylor who has not seen SU win the Bayou Classic since coming to Southern.
Taylor, the cheer team co-captain and Mass Communication major, has worked hard to earn her command as cheer captain.
“I have to be a strong leader to my teammates and show them the right way that things are supposed to be done so that next year’s leader can do it better than me,” Taylor said.
The Alabama senior was in tears after the team’s home lost recently to Alabama State University and is sure that she will be even more emotional after the last game.
“I’m going to miss being a team leader, and most of all, being an SU cheerleader. It is such an honor to be on the best HBCU coed cheer team!” Taylor said.
Cheerleading has been more than just a sport for Taylor; it has also been an outlet. “Cheerleading is my go to, to take my stress away,” she said.
As the last game approaches, Taylor says she is going to enjoy every minute and will make it a week and game to remember.