Earlier this month, we featured a gallery of photos from Denver Broncos cheerleader tryouts -- and it didn't take long for supervisors to assemble a winning team for this next season. We've got the first squad photo below.
But that's not all. A number of slots opened up because several longtime cheerleaders are moving on. We've assembled photos of those moving on, along with their goodbye messages to fans.
First up: Your 2013-2014 Broncos cheerleaders:
And now for those goodbyes. Photos and text courtesy of the Denver Broncos Facebook page. Chelsie:
The Denver Broncos would like to thank Chelsie for dedicating this past season to the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! A message from Chelsie: "Hey Broncos Fans! Although I was only a Denver Broncos Cheerleader for one season, it was a life changing experience and I can do nothing but smile, as I reflect on the memories this team has added to my life. Having the opportunity to cheer for the best team in the NFL, going on the military caravan to support our US Troops, working with so many charities, cheering for the most loyal fans in the NFL, and most importantly working with the greatest group of ladies, is an experience and memory I will have and hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. I also want to give a special thank you to the DBC Director, Teresa Shear for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, and allowing me to represent the Denver Broncos organization. As a DBC alumni, I am so proud and honored to say that I am part of the DBC family for the rest of my life. Thank you again for everything and for always supporting your cheerleaders! GO BRONCOS! --Chelsie."
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Amanda:
The Denver Broncos would like to thank Amanda for dedicating years to the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! A message from Amanda: "To the Best Fans in the NFL-- It's bitter sweet to say goodbye to my days as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader! There are no words that can explain the amazing life experiences you get to live when you are on the team and a part of such an amazing organization. I will forever cherish each and every one of those special moments, and all of the life long friendships I have made along the way. I will never forget what it feels like to be on the field during Game Day and the sound of our roaring fans at Mile High Stadium. I can truly say these have been the best years of my life and I am forever thankful to my coaches, teammates and of course the fans for 4 incredible years. I hate goodbyes, so I will say "see you later", because I know I will be back to root on the Denver Broncos as a fan and Alumni DBC! Peace, Love and Broncos... Always ~ Amanda."
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Becky:
The Denver Broncos thank Becky for three amazing seasons with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! Message to fans from Becky: "Hey Broncos Country! It has been a true privilege and an honor to be a part of such a wonderful sports organization. I love Colorado and it has been an absolute joy working in the community meeting all of our dedicated fans and cheering for our Denver Broncos! Being out on the field is an incredible feeling that I will never forget and I have to thank all of you fans for creating the Mile High Magic that makes it so special. Keep it up at all those home games and know that the players and the cheerleaders appreciate your energy! I have made many unforgettable memories; on the field, in the community, with my junior cheerleaders, and with my amazing teammates! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to my coaches, teammates, JDBC family, and all the fans for making my experience so wonderul and memorable! I will miss this part of my life so much, but I will always remember my time on the team and I will always be cheering on our Broncos! Becky."
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Christina:
The Denver Broncos would like Christina for two wonderful seasons with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! A message from Christina: "Every minute of my life as a DBC holds a cherished place in my heart that I could never forget. Dancing with my fun, energetic junior cheerleaders motivated me to be the most positive role model I could, while allowing me to teach my passion for dance. Long nights of rehearsals, though exhausting and sometimes seemingly endless, gave me the unforgettable opportunity to dance next to 25 of the most talented, accomplished, and beautiful women in the NFL. My teammates, my coaches, and my place on this team was such an incredible, God-given blessing, one that I will forever treasure. Beloved Broncos fans, take peace in knowing that your cheerleaders are expected, and more importantly, HONORED, to give the same ultimate dedication and passion to their team as all of you give unconditionally, every game! Special moments spent with all of you at events around the community inspired me to dance my hardest every single second I was on the field. The exhilarating rush of your Mile High Stadium energy is unlike any other feeling in the world! Thank you all for two incredible years that have changed my life for the better, for always. It makes me so proud to be able to tell my future little girl that her mom is apart of the DBC sisterhood. This has been a true dream come true for me. God Bless and Go Broncos! ~ Christina."
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Katie:
The Denver Broncos would like to thank Katie for dedicating 2 wonderful seasons with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! A message from Katie to the the fans: "Broncos Country~ I cannot thank you enough for making my experience as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader one that I will never forget. I am sad to walk away from the best organization in the NFL but am grateful for the two years that I had on this team. I will never forget dancing out of the tunnel on Game Day's, hours of rehearsals with my best friends, or the fans that went above and beyond to make me feel special at each event. As a Colorado native and lifelong fan, I will always be a part of the Broncos Family and could not be more proud of that. I look forward to watching , with all of you; our Broncos win the Super Bowl this coming year! ~ Katie."
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Kimberly:
The Denver Broncos thank Kim for five amazing seasons with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! Message to fans from Kim: "Hello Broncos Fans! I don't even know where to start my farewell! From the moment I stepped on the field, I knew I was part of something special. Every game day, win or lose, you were there with us cheering your hearts out. I've had the opportunity to meet so many people at the different charities I've been a part of and on our Military tour to Iraq. You have made my 5 years on this team so special and I will always hold these memories close to my heart! To my teammates, coaches, and to the best fans in the NFL, thank you all for everything! Always and forever, GO BRONCOS!!"
Continue for more goodbye photos and messages from departing Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Allyson:
The Denver Broncos thank Allyson for four incredible seasons with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! Message to fans from Allyson: "Hey Broncos Fans! I just wanted to give you my final shout out as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader! After 4 wonderful seasons of cheering, I am hanging up my chaps! I absolutely loved every moment of being a part of the Broncos family. The friendships I have formed with my fellow cheerleaders, the fans, and the Broncos employees with stay with me forever. I will always be proud to say that I once was a Denver Broncos Cheerleader! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for ways supporting your Cheerleaders! Allyson."
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