Florida St.‘s Cowgirls: Where Are They Now?
“1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State.” – Brent Musburger, 9/5/2005
With those immortal words during the 2005 installment of the Miami-Florida State rivalry, Musburger provided a national introduction to the Florida State Cowgirls. They surely weren’t the first attractive women to dress up in skimpy clothing and cowboy hats, but they soon became the most famous — without the benefit of widespread social media, no less.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over eight years since the Cowgirls first caught our attention. The quartet that most folks consider to be the “originals” — Jenn Sterger, CJ Perry, Allison Torres and Jessica Fuqua (from left to right in the photo above) — has long since left Tallahassee, but not without each of them trying to capitalize on their Musburger-aided fame.
Where are the original FSU Cowgirls now?
It was Sterger who became the most famous Cowgirl. It’s an unofficial title she still retains to this day, although she’s now far from the spotlight as she tries to make it as an actress in Los Angeles. (She’s listed as “Jennifer Sterger” on her IMDB page and has five actress credits to her name.)
The career move comes after a six-year run as a TV and web journalist spent as a correspondent with Sports Illustrated, a sideline reporter for the New York Jets and a host/reporter for shows on Versus Fuel TV — the experiences of which were largely overshadowed by her infamous cell phone correspondence with ex-Jets QB Brett Favre.
“I love sports first and foremost, but as far as I’m concerned, sports kind of kicked me in the face,” Ms. Sterger told Jesse McKinley of The New York Times in January. “The New York sports media, they are very tough critics.”
From afar, she’s witnessed Katherine Webb enjoy a rise to fame eerily similar to hers, Brent Musburger adulation and all. And she’s been very impressed with what she’s seen in her “predecessor.”
“Katherine Webb has been handed an amazing opportunity, and I really hope she does the most with it,” Sterger told McKinley. “And she’s handled it so far with such amazing grace and poise. And a hell of a lot more smarts than the 21-year-old me did, that’s for sure.”
For the first time in the last eight years, another former FSU Cowgirl will be more front and center than Sterger — although she won’t be going by the name people knew her by during her FSU days.
One of the WWE’s five new NXT Divas, Lana, is former Cowgirl CJ Perry.
— LANA (@LanaWWE) August 28, 2013
Perry joined forces with the WWE in August after taking part in an initial NXT training camp in March and a developmental one in June. Prior to that, she had built a solid-yet-unspectacular IMDB resume, with recognized credits on both the big screen (Pitch Perfect) and small screen (“The Game,” “Banshee,” “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”).
Even today, Perry remains a Cowgirl at heart.
— LANA (@LanaWWE) September 2, 2013
Torres posed for Playboy in June 2006 — one month after Sterger did. But unlike either Sterger or Perry, she didn’t have any significant modeling career.
Currently living in San Diego, the New Jersey native found herself back in the news in the fall of 2010 during the Sterger-Favre saga, with several outlets reporting how Torres was with Sterger when Favre sent her illicit pictures.
“We just laughed when he did it,” Torres told Steppin’ Out magazine at the time. “We talked about it like girlfriends talk about that kind of stuff. You have to understand that Brett Favre isn’t the first celebrity that tried to hook up with her.”
Finding the fourth original Cowgirl nowadays is considerably tougher, simply because Fuqua hasn’t been in the headlines recently like the other three.
From the looks of it, the Ocala, FL, native and current Manhattan resident is still trying to make it as a model. She has a profile at the low budget-looking ExploreTalent.com — including a token shot of her in a snug-fitting “Seminoles” t-shirt — and appeared in an October 2011 photo shoot at Paradise Island in the Bahamas on behalf of the entertainment website College Mansion.
Has it really been eight years since the original Florida State Cowgirls shot to fame? Even though life has gone on, they’ll always have 2005.