Farewell Letter from Cheerleader Kelsey

Photos of Kelsey from the 2015 season.

To the Buccaneers Community,

"... and last, but certainly not least number 23, Kelsey!" Those words spoken by coach Tara will forever remain one of my favorite memories. Those words welcomed me in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders sisterhood - a journey I had been pursuing for four seasons.

My journey to become a TBBC began in 2012 when I first auditioned for the team. Coming into my first audition, I didn't know what to expect and undoubtedly was unprepared. However, that first audition sparked a new passion to become a part of the Buccaneers community. I later joined the Captain's Krewe and was able to represent the Buccaneers at different community events and NFL Play60 activities. I got to experience first-hand the Bucs Life and was determined to make my dream of becoming a TBBC come true. After much training and two additional auditions, I was handed a pair of pom poms and offered the chance to wear a TBBC uniform.

My dream had indeed come true, but I had no idea how much this experience would change my life - for the better. Being a NFL cheerleader is so much more than rhinestones, photo shoots and dancing. As a TBBC, I was able to meet so many inspiring people and hopefully be an inspiration myself.

Many ask me what my favorite part of cheering for the Buccaneers has been and my answer changes each time. From NFL Draft Day, Monday Night Football, BCA Crucial Catch, Walk for Wishes and the many community events in between, it's hard to pick a favorite. One of my favorite moments as a TBBC was being a junior cheer instructor, and sharing my passion for dance and love of the Buccaneers community. Several current TBBC had been junior cheerleaders with the Buccaneers when they were kids and I hope to be an inspiring memory in the future TBBC I had the pleasure of meeting this season.

Photos of the 2015-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders from auditions to their final game of the season.

Retirement is a scary word for any athlete. As I pass my pom poms down to the next aspiring TBBC, I take comfort in knowing I will always be a part of this great Buccaneers community with you fans.

Thank you to Coach Tara, for believing in me and pushing me to be the best performer I can be. To my teammates who became sisters, for always being there when I needed to laugh, cry or borrow some red lipstick. To the Glazer Family, for letting me live this dream of mine and producing such a world-class organization. To everyone at One Buc, and a special shout out to the guest and member relations team, for encouraging me to pursue this dream and supporting me all season. To you fans, for making each game day at Raymond James Stadium special and so much fun with your energy and pride. And last to Tampa Bay, for being the best city I am proud to call home.

I look forward to being in the stands with all of you next season and remember to always Siege the Day!

Best wishes,

Kelsey

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