Courtney Lenz, a Ravens cheerleader, has gone viral as fans petition for the 23 year old to join her team at the Super Bowl. Check out her story along with photos and video here.

Courtney Lenz
Photo: Courtney Lenz
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Courtney Lenz is a beautiful veteran cheerleader for the NFL team Baltimore Ravens. Imagine her excitement when she found out they made it to the Super Bowl! She took to her Facebook page (which has since been marked as private) to share her excitement,

I’m still in shock!!! I can’t believe I’m headed to New Orleans in two weeks!!! Couldn’t be happier to be part of such an amazing team :) What an amazing way to end my cheerleading career!!! GO RAVENS ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!

Yet she was soon left heartbroken when she found out she was not invited. As a senior member of the squad, having dedicated more than five years of her life to cheering for the NFL team, Courtney figured there would not be a question about her going. However, that was not the case.

I’m just devastated by the whole situation. This was very unexpected… I didn’t even think there would be a chance of me not going with being a five-year veteran.

Now the cheerleader is finding herself an internet sensation – people are tweeting, writing letters and have even started a Facebook petition to allow Courtney to go to the Super Bowl with her team. It has gained so much attention that a Ravens cheer team spokesperson, Heather Harness, has released the following statement,

As set by the NFL, we are permitted to bring 32 cheerleaders to the Super Bowl. Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season. As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL.

So why would this beloved member of the Ravens NFL cheerleading squad be be left behind? Courtney believes it is because she announced her retirement, due to recently graduating from college and finding a full time marketing job. The Facebook petition attempts to explain the Ravens unjust reasons and cast light on their bad call to keep Courtney from the Super Bowl game.

Courtney announced she was retiring during the last home game at the end of the season which didn’t go well with the director [of the cheerleading program],’ the petition says. ‘She was told she didn’t put in as many appearance hours this season as she did the past four years while in college…They also stated she struggled with weight on occasion and she had been benched for [a] two-pound weight gain during a game earlier in the fall, which is absurd, unhealthy and a complete inaccurate measurement of a woman’s “appearance” and size!’

We think this is simply absurd! Courtney deserves to go! Sign that petition and get her to the Super Bowl with the Ravens squad!

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