Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Karen's Farewell to Bucs Fans

Hi Bucs Fans,

It's hard to say goodbye after the past three years.  It's even more difficult to put into words what it has meant to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader.  My journey has been an incredible one that I will never forget.

I was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area.  I grew up with the dream of one day becoming a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader.  I would go to the Bucs games at Raymond James Stadium with my dad and constantly remind him that I would one day be dancing on those sidelines.  The excitement when I made the team was only topped by the opportunity of being in a leadership role for the past two years.  The experience is so much more than Football games, game day dances, and calendar shoots, there were also the lifelong friendships that I've made and the physical and mental demands that have pushed me further than I would have thought possible.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Karen.

One of my favorite memories is that of traveling to London for the international series in 2011.  It was incredible to see the amount of support for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan base overseas.  Performing with the Goo Goo Dolls during halftime was icing on the cake. 

Interacting with the younger Buccaneers fans was also a highlight of my career.  I love being a part of a child's game day experience, and the relationships that I made through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jr Clinic will be special memories that I will always cherish.

My family has been my biggest supporter and without their encouragement, I would have never achieved my dream and certainly would not have made it through all three seasons.  From attending all home games, to the simple encouraging talks after a jam packed game week, they have made me the woman I am today.

I will forever be grateful to the TBBC coaches, to all of those working behind the scenes at One Buc Place, my amazingly talented teammates, both alumni and present, and mostly to you all, the Buccaneers fans that make it all possible.

Whether on the sidelines or in the stands, it will always be a Bucs life for me!

Cheers!

Karen

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