Meet Erin: Cheerleader of the Week

Hey Colts Cheer Fans, my name is Erin and I am very excited to be your Cheerleader of the Week!

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This is my sixth season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe and I have been able to experience many amazing opportunities over the past six years. My rookie season, I was chosen to travel to London to promote NFL UK and I was also able to perform at the NFL Super Bash for the Superbowl. When the Superbowl was in Indianapolis, I was able to experience many amazing appearances. My favorite appearance from this week was being on the Live with Jimmy Fallon Show right after the Superbowl concluded. This past season, I was able to travel with nine of my fellow teammates to Curacao and Puerto Rico to represent the Colts organization on a Military Tour with Armed Forces Entertainment. It was such an eye opening experience to visit all of the Military Bases and to perform for all the wonderful men and women who serve our country. To top off all the opportunities, I was able to travel to the Honduras this season to visit the U.S. Military stationed there. Plus, traveling to Mexico the past two seasons to shoot our Swimsuit Calendar was pretty awesome as well! This season I was also chosen to be a Squad Captain by my amazing teammates (special shoutout to my Squad 4 tall beauties).

All of this would not be possible without the amazing people in my life. I have to thank God first and foremost for giving me the gifts I have, to be able to do all the things I love. The next person who has always been there and been beyond supportive is my amazing, and new, husband Robert. I cannot forget my family for all the support as well. The last group of people who deserve my thanks are my amazing teammates, Coach Kelly, the Colts organization, and the AMAZING fans that make up Colts Nation! Now let's win the Superbowl this year!**

Congratulations on becoming married this past Saturday! What was your favorite part of the wedding?**

This is such a tough question! Obviously, my favorite part of my wedding was marrying my husband, Robert. With that being said, I absolutely loved every single part of our wedding day. Between the pictures we took inside of Lucas Oil Stadium, dancing with my teammates and surprising all of our guests with one of our routines, to spending time with all those who love us, I would definitely say it was the best day of my life thus far!

As a personal trainer, what is your best piece of fitness advice that you give to all your clients?

The best advice I give my clients would have to be pairing your fitness routine with healthy eating. You can workout as hard as you want, but if you do not change up your eating habits then it will prohibit all your hard work. You must eat the right stuff to nourish and replenish your body after a hard workout!

Last Friday you attended the 2015 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Release Party. What was the highlight of the event for you?

The Calendar Release Party was so much fun! The 2015 Calendar has turned out amazing and it was great to see everyone's hard work pay off. I would say my favorite part of the evening was that my best friend and former teammate, Tessa, was there and that part of the proceeds will go to her fund to support her after the stroke she has last December. It was an emotional night to see how amazing the Colts organization is and how supportive all the Colts fans are who came out to show their love for Tessa. The Colts take pride in being a family and it was very obvious last Friday night!What is a normal game day like for the Colts Cheerleaders?

Game day is definitely one of the most fun, but tiring days that we do as a Cheerleader. Most fans do not know this, but we must be at Lucas Oil Stadium about six hours before game time! If it is a 1:00pm game, we are usually there by 6:30am and then on the field to practice at 7:00am. We usually practice between an hour and an hour and a half. After practice, we come back into the locker room to eat! We work so hard at practice that we are definitely hungry. Once we are done eating, it is time to get ready! We have about 2 hours to get ready before our first game day appearance. Then, 2 hours before kickoff, we do appearances around the stadium for about an hour. Once the appearances are done, we come back to the locker room and do any last minute touches before the game. We always "circle up", where we have someone on the squad give words of encouragement, our coach Kelly gives us any last minute changes, and we always say a prayer. Then its time for GAME DAY! We go out and perform our pregame and then line up and do player intros in the tunnel. Then we cheer our Boys in Blue to a victory! By the end of the game, we are very tired but it was worth every second!

At what age did you start dancing? How long have you been doing it?

I started dancing when I was about 5 years old. At that age, it wasn't really serious, it was just fun. At about age 7-8, I really became serious when I enrolled at Ballet Internationale. I danced there up to High School, focusing on Ballet. I danced through High School and College and once I graduated, I became a Colts Cheerleader. Dancing has always been a huge part of my life, for the past 22 years!

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader: Erin

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