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Farewell from Cheerleader Samantha Blair

Buccaneers cheerleader Samantha Blair hangs up her pom-poms.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have always been a huge part of my life. Going to the freezing games against the Green Bay Packers in the Old Sombrero are some of my first Bucs memories. I became an unabashed die-hard fan. I actually wanted to play football but eventually realized that was not an option. Then I found out there was another way onto the field, so at age eleven, I joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Junior Cheerleader program. I certainly learned a lot, and more importantly, I felt like I was part of the team leading up to our Super Bowl victory. I had made it.

A decade went by, high school and college came and went, and I decided it was finally time to try to complete my goal. I tried out for the team, hoping that I could be a part of the group of women I'd looked up to my entire life. Since making the team, my dreams and expectations have been surpassed in every way. My experience taught me to never give up on a goal or doubt my abilities before I take my best shot. I have TBBC to thank for those valuable lessons. It means the world to me that I've had the opportunity to wear the uniform and perform for my favorite team.

I take such pride in the class of our organization, the constant community service initiatives, the support of our fans and my talented coaches and teammates. The women carry themselves with such strength and poise. The coaches value the members of the team as individuals and apprentices, and the members value each other as sisters and friends. I am so proud of and humbled to be a part of all the work we do for each other, for the team and for the community. The blessing to dance and be a part of a sisterhood this strong has changed my life in the most beautiful way.

I am so grateful to my family, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, our beloved fans, and my teammates for being so supportive throughout this journey. I cannot wait for the next season to come so I can keep on cheering from the stands!  FIRE THE CANNONS & GO BUCS!*

  • Samantha Blair*
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