This job is like be­ing in the army

150 SIT-UPS, 5 TIMES AROUND THE GROUND, BEAR CRAWLS AND A MIGHTY 240 HIGH-KICKS

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STYLE ON SUNDAY -

this year she had to do it all again as the Dol­phins start from scratch ev­ery sea­son.

Holly said: “I was much more ner­vous this year. I re­alised what I had to lose if I didn’t make it. It’s the same thing again – train­ing camp, learn­ing the rou­tines and fit­ness. I didn’t re­alise the de­mands – it’s harder than I thought.”

Holly re­called her first time in the spot­light – the 2016 sea­son opener at home to the Cleve­land Browns last Septem­ber.

She said: “Per­form­ing in front of 65,000 peo­ple was nerve-wrack­ing. But af­ter the first time I was just ex­cited to go out for the next game and the next and the next.”

NFL games last more than three hours with in­ter­vals and stop­pages in play. Holly ex­plained: “We have a big half-time dance, but the rest of the time we do side­line rou­tines. When the guys play we stand still. When there is a stop­page, the mu­sic starts, we spin round and dance again.” Of the skimpy cos­tume she said: “I love it, very sexy, very pretty. But you need to keep in shape for it to look good on you.”

Holly has been on Dol­phins tours of the UK, Bel­gium, Ger­many and Hol­land and en­ter­tained US troops serv­ing in Kosovo.

She is also a reg­u­lar host of Dol­phin Daily, a 90-sec­ond on­line news slot – and doesn’t rule out a move into the me­dia.

Mean­while, a trip back to the UK beck­ons in Oc­to­ber, when the Dol­phins play the New Or­leans Saints in one of the Lon­don NFL fix­tures at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

Holly said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited. It’s the first chance for my fam­ily to see me per­form.”

And mum Judy will be there in spirit... giv­ing Holly the loud­est cheer of all.

fea­tures@sun­daymir­ror.co.uk

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