Check out photos from Sam's Pro Bowl experience in Phoenix.
I can't believe my Pro Bowl experience is already more than half over. Time is flying!
The day started with a team practice and I wore some new Pro Bowl swag! They provided us with matching Pro Bowl Cheerleader tank tops and a team track suit that matched our duffle bags, both printed with the Pro Bowl logo.
For our practice, we used an outdoor practice field located at the University of Phoenix Stadium where Sunday's game will take place. Our rehearsal was approximately three hours long and we walked through all the elements of our game day itinerary: pregame performance, player introductions, national anthem, sidelines and fillers. The sun was shining and it was a perfect day for an outdoor rehearsal.
After lunch we quickly toured the University of Phoenix Stadium. The field was rolled out of the stadium so inside there was just a concrete floor. Also, the stadium is a dome with a retractable roof. The roof was open but it was such a different feeling to look up at a dome compared to an open air stadium like Sports Authority Field. Banners for the Pro Bowl game were already posted at each end zone, one for Team Carter and one for Team Irvin. It's very nice to see things coming together for the game!
The last part of my day was so special! A large group of young dancers and cheerleaders, upwards of 100 participants, came out to Pioneer Community Park to attend a Pro Bowl cheerleading clinic. During the clinic the 2015 PBC's led a team stretch, taught a dance routine, took pictures and signed autographs. A group of NFL mascots showed up halfway through our cheerleading clinic and created quite a ruckus. The kids got a kick out of their zany antics and games. Even our mascot, Miles, showed up for the party and was handing out high fives and hugs! Chelsey Davis, the 2014 Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl Cheerleader representative organized the whole event which was a hit! I owe a lot of thanks to her for having us there.
Next up: a Team Irvin practice at the Scottsdale Community College, more PBC rehearsal, and lots going on at the NFL Experience here in Phoenix. Check back for those updates and more.