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Candace

Candace

  • Occupation: Surgical Sales Rep
  • Hometown: Richfield, Ohio
  • Tenure: 4
  • College: University of Dayton

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
The best thing about being a DBC is the friendships I've made over the past five years. My family lives in Ohio, so my teammates have really become my second family. They always know how to make me laugh.

What is your most memorable experience?
In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel with a few of my teammates to seven countries on the Armed Forces Entertainment tour to various bases. My favorite memory is visiting soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Wounded Warriors Project in Germany. It was rewarding to thank our soldiers for what they do and bring smiles to their faces. A close second would be building a house with my teammates for Habitat for Humanity. Not only can we dance, but we can hang drywall, place insulation, and do roofing!

What is the best thing about being a Broncos Cheerleader?
The best thing about being a DBC is the friendships I've made over the past five years. My family lives in Ohio, so my teammates have really become my second family. They always know how to make me laugh.

What is your most memorable experience?
In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel with a few of my teammates to seven countries on the Armed Forces Entertainment tour to various bases. My favorite memory is visiting soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Wounded Warriors Project in Germany. It was rewarding to thank our soldiers for what they do and bring smiles to their faces. A close second would be building a house with my teammates for Habitat for Humanity. Not only can we dance, but we can hang drywall, place insulation, and do roofing!

How do you spend your time off the field?
My career requires me to work in the operating room and provide insight on products for specific patients and procedures. Needless to say, my schedule is pretty hectic and unpredictable, but if I find free time, I really love to travel and visit my family.

What is your most memorable game?
I'll never forget my first game as a DBC. It was the Broncos vs. Browns game back in 2009. My whole family flew in to cheer me on. I remember we had just won the game and my teammates started heading back to our locker room. I was so excited to be cheering that I missed the signal to head in, and just kept cheering long after my teammates were gone. My family still teases me about it!

What is your occupation and how does being a Broncos Cheeleader affect your work?
Anyone who has ever worked in the medical device field can attest to the long hours and high sales expectations, so it's definitely a high stress job. I love being able to go to practice after a long day and dance the stress away. It's helps me live a more balanced life.

Who do you admire most in the sports industry?
I admire any athlete that uses their talents and stardom as a platform to give back to the community.

What book are you currently reading?
The House of God by Samuel Shem. It was recommended to me by one of the surgeons I work with. It's interesting to read about life as a medical intern and some of the hilarious tales of working in a hospital.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working for a top-10 medical device company for the past seven years has definitely been grueling yet rewarding, but I see myself getting married and starting a family soon. I'd also like to start my own business so I can be a full-time mom and business owner. It would be the best of both worlds!

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their passion for our team! We win together, and we lose together. But I have a good feeling that we will have A LOT to cheer for this season (and hopefully into February)!

What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Hot yoga and bubble baths.

What is your best advice to kids?
Don't let other kids bully you or make you feel like you're not good enough. Ultimately, it's their own insecurities that get the best of them eventually.

Most important goal in life?
Happiness.

What place you would most like to visit?
Bora Bora.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My parents. My father started his own custom home business when he was 19 years old. He taught me the importance of a strong work ethic. My mother runs her own personal training business. She is her clients' biggest cheerleader, and inspires them to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles.

What is the one thing that you value most in life?
My family. They are my greatest support system and have always believed in me and encouraged me to go after my goals.

What is the toughest part about being a cheerleader?
The toughest part about being a cheerleader is remembering all of our routines. We learn over 25 new routines each season and after four years on the team, they all start to run together!

Two people you would like to have dinner with?
My grandparents, who passed away years ago. I'd love to show them how much life has changed and bring them to a Broncos game.

What are your favorite things to do in Denver?
I love going to all sporting events, concerts, and charity events. Nothing can top a great concert in the summer at Red Rocks.

Favorite sport to participate in?
Living in Colorado, I'm lucky to be close to some of the best skiing in the U.S. I really enjoy escaping to the mountains on the weekends and skiing with friends...when we don't have a home game, of course!

What are the three words that best describe you?
Driven, Passionate, Loyal.

What is your most prized possession?
A teddy bear my Aunt gave me when I was born. It was the first gift I ever received and I still have it. I hope by the end of the season, I'll have something else to list :)

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Earning a spot on the team as a DBC. So many women audition every year to be a part of one of the most highly technically trained cheerleading teams in the NFL. I'm just grateful to make it back.