Monday, March 03, 2008
Saturday, February 9
By John Oehser
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Her experience representing the Colts has been many things this week for Colts Cheerleader Krystal.
It has been busy. Very busy.
It has been unique.
Mostly, she said on Saturday, it has been something she'll never forget.
“It has been amazing,” Krystal said Saturday morning during the annual Ohanu Day festivities, a day-before Pro Bowl practice for fans at Aloha Stadium in downtown Honolulu.
“It has been great. All the girls are amazing. We've been getting along very well. We've been working hard in practices and appearances.
“And we’ve had a little bit of free time in here and there, too.”
But not much. For cheerleaders representing the 32 NFL teams, Pro Bowl week is an honor, and it is enjoyable, but there is not much time for relaxing.
“We wake up about 6 every morning, breakfast at 7, then after that, it’s usually practice or an appearance,” she said.
The cheerleaders are divided into four groups - two representing teams from the AFC and two representing the NFC - with the groups making appearances daily at Pro Bowl events throughout Honolulu.
Each team honors one Cheerleader each season with a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Krystal learned she had been named as the Colts’ Pro Bowl Cheerleader during the Colts’ regular-season finale against Tennessee.
“I barely remember the moment,” Krystal said. “I was just in shock. My whole squad was just giving me hugs, and I was so happy, surprised and honored to represent the Indianapolis Colts.
“All the girls are great. Anyone can go. We all work very hard and each and every one of us is dedicated. I think everyone on the squad deserves a chance to go.”
The week, Krystal said has been a whirlwind of memory and experience.
“So many memories – just meeting the girls and representing the Colts,” she said. “I’ll always remember that. I feel very honored and blessed to represent the Indianapolis Colts, an NFL team.”
Her best memory so far? Her first practice at Aloha Stadium.
Then again, she said, there’s still a day left in the week.
“We play in a dome and it’s different performing outside,” she said. “So far, practicing the first day in the stadium (was the highlight), looking up and thinking, 'Oh, My Gosh. I’m in Hawaii and representing the Indianapolis Colts’ – so, so far, that.
“Tomorrow’s the game and I’m sure there will be many more memories after that. I’m very excited. Very, very excited.” [photos]