VIR Stock – Texans cheerleader also solves crimes as forensic scientist
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to introduce you to a woman who solves crime on weekdays and cheers on our football team on Sundays.
CHARLY EDSITTY: Good morning, Samica. Well, this is a woman who really can do it all. On Sundays, you can find Emily here on the field at NRG Stadium. And the next day on Monday, you can find her in a white lab coat doing her job as a forensic scientist.
EMILY REED: Now, there’s perceptions out there that you can only do, say, science, or you can only do cheerleading or another sport.
CHARLY EDSITTY: And Emily, a forensic scientist who also happens to be a Texans cheerleader, is proving all of those stereotypes wrong. And she gives a lot of credit to her mom.
EMILY REED: She drove me to all my dance practices. She came to every single dance competition. And she really pushed me in school, too.
CHARLY EDSITTY: Emily holds a bachelor’s in molecular biology and a master’s degree. For the past four years, she has worked inside the DPS crime lab carefully examining evidence from different cases. And for the past three football seasons, she has been out on the field at NRG Stadium cheering on the Texans, juggling practices and lab work at the same time.
EMILY REED: Yes so I pack the night before for my full day at work. And then, I have to look at my schedule and figure out what uniform I’m going to need to wear that night at practice, you know, the type of shoes, any workout equipment. And I usually have a teammate that kind of keeps me accountable and texts me reminders of what to pack, which is nice.
CHARLY EDSITTY: Both of her jobs support her endeavors, and she says it was her mom who made her believe that both could be possible.
EMILY REED: I really have to thank– her to thank for that, that I was able to pursue both and be successful in both.
CHARLY EDSITTY: Oh, I just love that shout out to Mom. And so Tom and Samica, Emily’s schedule is so hectic so she says that usually she’s in the lab starting at around 6 o’clock in the morning. So imagine her being here on Sundays probably late into the evening for the games, and then going home getting a couple hours rest, then being back up early again at 6 o’clock in the morning to do her job as a forensic scientist. So her schedule is as hectic as ours.
SAMICA KNIGHT: Yeah.
– Oh, no kidding.
SAMICA KNIGHT: Oh, wow. She’s wonderful, just fantastic. Thanks so much for that story. All right, thank you so much, Charly. Well–