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Meet The Cheerleader Of The Week: Jessica R.


It's only her second season with the Colts. But for Jessica, professional dance has been a part of her life for much longer.

"This is going on a decade," she says. "I'll be finishing my tenth season this year."

She started out with the Pacers and almost hung up her pom-poms before deciding to audition for the Colts.

"Some girls do it just because it's a goal they want to obtain and they do it for a year or two. For me, it's just always been one of those things that's been a part of my life since I was three years old and once I got into the pro dance world, I just couldn't get enough. I took one year off and realized how much I missed it and knew I had to go back."

Jessica's 2018 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Now, she takes it one season at a time.

"It's one of those things I've haven't been able to live without yet."

And the sisterhood is one of the things that keep her coming back.


"We talk about all these huge life events that we mix because of cheer and you end of bonding over more than just dance. I think that's what brings you closer together and keeps you coming back year after year because it is a family. It is a sisterhood. As silly as that may sound to some people, it's truly what it is."

This season, she gets to represent the Colts Cheerleaders at the NFL Pro Bowl. And that means she gets to bond with a whole new sisterhood.

"We started this group chat with all the Pro Bowl cheerleaders this year. I wake up every morning and have like 200 messages that I have to respond to. We're like, 'We love each other so much. We're already best friends,'" she laughs. "We've already learned so much about each other and now, we just can't wait to get to Orlando and actually be next to each other."

It's an honor that was bestowed on her by her cheer sisters. And it's an experience she looks forward to sharing with them before, during, and after her trip.


"The week before I leave for Orlando, we're using one of our practice nights and I get to show all the girls the routines that I've been learning," she says. "It's a really great day because everybody comes together, they show their support, and it's exciting for the cheerleader who's going to the Pro Bowl because she's been working so hard on perfecting those dances and she's excited to get to share that with her home team."

It's an exciting time. But at the same time, it's a bittersweet time as the end of the season nears.

"I've been hearing all these traditions that some teams do, they'll have their normal practice and then they sit around until 2 AM and talk about the season and eat cookies and that kind of stuff," she says. "You look back on the season and you realize how quickly it's flown by, but just how amazing it has been. And this season has probably been one of my favorites so far."

This year's team has a special bond, she says. And just like a football team – from season to season, no cheer squad is ever the same.

"It's not part of everyone's life every year and it's not a lifetime thing. But it just makes you hold onto those moments even longer. And you're more careful with those moments and you try to cherish them as much as you can."

And that's what Jessica is doing – every day, every week, and every year.

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