For Super Bowl Halftime, Madonna Will Channel Her Adams Cheer Days
On this Super Bowl weekend, it may be the ultimate Made-in-Rochester-Hills tale: Madonna revealing her days as a cheerleader for Adams High School helped get her ready for the stage.
In an interview with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen this week, Madonna admitted she was nervous about her upcoming halftime performance. She’ll perform four songs Sunday night at halftime of the New York Giants-New England Patriots game.
“Why don’t you channel the inner Rochester Adams cheerleader self that still resides somewhere inside?” Eisen asked.
Madonna smiled, remembered and reflected.
“I think it was being a cheerleader that really got the showgirl bug inside of me,” Madonna said. “I really liked choreographing all of the pom pom routines. I liked the halftime because we got to get out there and do our thing.”
Madonna was born in Bay City but spent her middle and high school years in Rochester Hills. She attended West Middle School and Adams, where she graduated in 1976.
To today’s Adams cheerleaders, Madonna’s words are inspiring and speak to the legacy of the sport in this town.
“It’s pretty amazing that someone from a small town like this has made herself into such a star,” said Olivia Salmon, one of 12 seniors on the varsity cheer team. The team competes tomorrow in Oxford for a chance at the OAA league title. “We come from one of the best places in the state for competitive cheer. I saw the interview; I think it’s great.”
During the interview, Eisen asked Madonna if she was a fan, back in her cheer days, of the high school football team.
“Yes, I was. I was in love with the quarterback like all the other girls, but he didn’t care about me,” she said.
Eisen asked the most natural follow-up question: Where is that quarterback today?
“To tell you the truth, I don’t know where he is. He could be living in the suburbs of Rochester, Michigan — or maybe he’s trekking the Himalayas,” she said.
According to AdamsFootball.com, the football team during Madonna’s senior year was coached by Ron Niedzwiecki; the Highlanders finished 3-6 that year.