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Q&A with DBC Sam

Posted Dec 23, 2016

Get to know the seventh-year veteran.


Movie: Dirty Dancing
TV Shows: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Seinfeld, and Saved by the Bell. I love watching reruns of old shows on Netflix.
Hobbies: yoga, running, hiking, reading, cooking
Quote: "If you are bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals."- Lou Holtz
Meal or restaurant: Pizza! Thin crust, thick crust, deep dish - doesn't matter, sign me up for a spot at that table.
Most memorable Halloween costume:
I dressed up as Smurfette. I wore a head-to-toe blue unitard, painted my face blue, and wore a long blonde wig.

What would fans be surprised to know about you?

I have two pet guinea pigs - Brownie and Pokie. They are zany, always hungry, and hilarious, squealing every time I come home and every time I open the refrigerator. Their favorite foods are carrots, celery, and timothy hay.

What has been your favorite Broncos moment?

My favorite Broncos moment has always been our annual team visit to Craig Hospital during the holidays. Meeting the patients and their families, hearing their courageous stories, and sharing holiday cheer with everyone there is truly the most heart-warming experience.

What is your favorite part of being a Denver Broncos Cheerleader veteran?

I love how my apartment has transformed into a museum display of Broncos collector's items haha. Over the years since first joining the team I have collected so many special mementos. Some of my favorite items include my AFC Championship pendant, my Super Bowl 48 stadium passes, my Broncos game ball (recognizing 5 years with the team), a Pro Bowl 2015 game ticket, and the Barbie doll replica of myself in uniform that was handmade for me by an incredible fan named Darlene. I also have more team posters and framed photos than I have enough wall space for. Guess it's time for me to move into a bigger place.

When did you first start dancing / cheerleading?

I began dancing ballet at age five. I trained in a pre-professional dance program for 13 years before becoming a professional ballerina. I performed with Milwaukee Ballet and Carolina Ballet over the course of a seven-year career before I became a cheerleader with the Denver Broncos in 2010.

All-time favorite dance routine you've done?

My favorite DBC routine was called Two Step. Two Step was performed during the 3rd quarter break at Super Bowl 48 in the end zone at Met Life stadium. I still feel that it was one of the best performances we had ever done as a team.

What do you love most about your fellow DBC's?

Their drive. My DBC teammates are a driven group of women that put 110% into every aspect of their lives. No matter how much they have on their plate between work, family, community, and cheerleading, they put their hearts into everything they do and inspire those around them. They inspire me constantly.

I'd walk a mile to meet...

Madeline Wickham, or known by her pen name as Sophie Kinsella. She is an English author and a favorite writer of mine.

If I won the lottery, the most ridiculous thing I would buy is...

A vacation home in the mountains, ideally one that looks like it was made with Lincoln Logs - my favorite childhood toy.

What is your passion besides dancing?
I love to cook and whip up new tasty dishes. I'll usually see fresh ingredients at the grocery store and get a great idea or I'll take a mental picture of a dish I find on Pinterest. I never use recipes. I'll just sort of dream up a meal idea and run with it, throwing a mix of things into a pan and end up on the other side with a plate of good eats. I think it's the element of surprise I enjoy.