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ROUND 14: Broncos' best cheerleader tournament

First of all, thanks again to all who voted and congratulations to Sam for winning Round 13 of our cheerleader tournament. Also, another big Mile High Salute to Allyson for her showing. Sam is the first cheerleader who received the randomly assigned bye week and made good use of it. Unfortunately for Fabio, this means Allyson lost by a pretty decent margin. Maybe he'll get his wish though and she'll come down to Brazil for some consolation :).

For those of you who are new to this series, here's the usual introduction: I got the idea for this while visiting the Phinsider website. They were doing a short bracket of cheerleaders from around the league. I figured that wouldn't work for us though since we all know we have the best cheerleaders there are. So, I built bracket for the best of the best. To be fair, all entries were selected with a random number generator. I'd like to wrap this up on Super Bowl Sunday, so that means a new vote every 3 or 4 days. It doesn't matter how you vote, but I'll be giving the information and pictures from the Broncos' website. You can base your vote on who you perceive to be the biggest fan, whose personality you like the best or plain and simple looks (of course, the info will still probably have to play a part since they're all obviously 10s of course).

So, without further adieu, I present Round 14 of the tournament .

If you can't see the full bracket, just click on the picture. It should take you to the source image.

Round 13: Megan Brooks versus Tristan Dear

Megan Brooks

Megan has been a fan of the Broncos forever and she has never followed another NFL team. This is her second season as a cheerleader for the Broncos. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder to get a B.A. in Integrative Physiology. She currently works as a dance instructor at Elite Dance Academy.

Occupation and how does Broncos affect your work?
I am currently working on becoming certified as an EMT. On the side, I am a dance instructor at Elite Dance Academy. Although I was a very prepared individual before joining the team, Broncos has made me stress the importance of being organized and prepared for each day. I have really improved my time management skills and prioritizing!

What is the most important attribute of a Denver Broncos cheerleader?
Always being enthusiastic! Enthusiasm is a contagious characteristic and can spread quickly. You should always be willing to do more, and truly believe in what you are doing.

Most memorable experience?
Seeing my family in the audience at Broncos auditions, when we performed our first dance as the new 2010-2011 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders (the first time I had made the team). They have supported me every step of the way, and it all came together that moment I saw them from the stage.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My grandpa (“Bampa”). Even as a young kid, I knew he would be one of the greatest people I would ever know in my life.

What is one thing about being a DBC that most people don't know?
Most people don’t know how much our team cares and supports our troops. Much of what we do revolves around them. For example, we say a prayer before every football game for the men and women who are fighting for our freedom. We send care packages to bases all over for Christmas and other holidays. We have also sent some of our girls to tour all over the world to meet and bring a little piece of home to those who are deployed. We are so incredibly thankful for their service and we do everything we can to show that.

Best advice to kids?
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" -Dr. Seuss

What sports do you enjoy watching or playing?
Other than the obvious (dancing and watching football), I love to watch basketball and baseball, and I really enjoy skiing/snowboarding and playing beach volleyball!

What top three things do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
1. Become an EMT/paramedic. Eventually attend PA school.
2. Have a family of my own and be as good of a parent as my parents are.
3. Take a year of my life to travel. Meet new people, experience new cultures, and enjoy the small things in life that people become too busy to enjoy.

What do you value most in your life?
My family, my friends, and my health. I'm very appreciative to have such an AMAZING family and supportive friends. Being healthy is something most people don't appreciate until they are sick, so I try to value my health everyday!

Place you would most like to visit and why?
Santorini, Greece. It's a mini paradise in the Greek Islands!! I can't even put in words how beautiful it is there.

Who do you admire most in the sports industry?
Oscar Pistorius- "the Blade Runner". Nothing has stopped him from accomplishing his dreams and he exemplifies all the characteristics of an amazing role model and athlete for all who follow him. His motto is: "You're not disabled by the disabilities you have; you are able by the abilities you have."

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Their passion for the Broncos. They are enthusiastic, always supportive, and most importantly, they are classy.

What book are you currently reading?
EMT Textbook!

In what charities or community service organizations are you most involved and why?
I really enjoy giving back to the community in any way I can. Therefore, I try to even out my charity involvement to show my support for all types of organizations (breast cancer, children, military, etc…)

What is something about you that fans might not know?
I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!

What makes you laugh?
It's not hard to make me laugh…but I think sarcastic people are very funny! I do have to admit that Larry the Cable Guy is one of my favorites!

How do you challenge yourself?
I set high goals, and I don't stop until I have reached those goals. I am very hard on myself in that aspect. I will always want to do something better than the last time.

How do you spend your time in the offseason?
I love the outdoors! In the summer I love to hike, camp, go four-wheeling, shooting, beach volleyball, etc… and in the winter I love to ski and snowboard!

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
Dance and school. I have worked my whole life to get where I am today in both school and dance. I have been through many ups and downs in the past, but I have realized that I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for every single achievement and disappointment that I have experienced. I have always put school before everything else, and I have worked extremely hard to earn and maintain the grades I have. When I'm not studying, I put everything I have left into dance.

Tristan Dear

Tristan is the third of six cheerleaders who received a by ein this contest. She has been a fan of the Broncos since her little brother started loving the Broncos—he got her hooked and we should all be thankful. This is her first season as a cheerleader for the Broncos. She is a graduate student at University of Colorado at Boulder and is studying Integrative Physiology.

Occupation and how does Broncos affect your work?
I am a graduate student working in a Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory. Being a DBC and a student requires me to stay organized and prepare ahead of time, both for practice and my lab.

What is the most important attribute of a Denver Broncos cheerleader?
The most important attribute is being an outstanding role model and active participant in the community.

Most memorable experience?
When my audition number was called during Finals. I couldn’t quite process what was happening until I was engulfed by other girls congratulating me and then I couldn’t stop smiling!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My grandmother. She was the most caring, compassionate woman I have ever known.

What is one thing about being a DBC that most people don't know?
All the women on the team are incredibly intelligent, motivated, and unique!

Best advice to kids?
Never give up. If you’re having a rough day, try to smile and remember that with dedication and perseverance, you can achieve almost anything.

What sports do you enjoy watching or playing?
I enjoy watching any sport as long as there are diehard fans to spice up the game! My favorites are college basketball, soccer, and of course, any kind of football!!

What top three things do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
1) To attend and graduate from medical school.
2) To become fluent in Spanish and utilize this skill to participate in service organizations in Central and South America.
3) To have a family and create an environment that is as wonderful as the one I was raised in.

What do you value most in your life?
I value my family. I am extremely fortunate to have a family that supports me in everything I do!

Place you would most like to visit and why?
I would like to visit Alaska and see the Aurora Borealis. I love being outside and looking at the stars, and the Northern Lights are spectacular in photos, so I’m guessing they are even better in person!

Who do you admire most in the sports industry?
I admire Apolo Ohno—he is appreciative, focused, dedicated to his passion, and has been very involved in service organizations to better the community as a whole.

What is the best thing about Broncos fans?
Broncos fans are broncos fans until the end! It doesn’t matter how the team is playing at a particular instant or who the coach is – broncos fans are loud and proud to support the team!!!

What book are you currently reading?
When the Air Hits Your Brain, by Frank Vertosick Jr., MD

In what charities or community service organizations are you most involved and why?
I currently volunteer at a senior community home where I strive to bring laughter and joy to people who often don’t receive the attention they deserve. I also am involved in fundraising for a variety of cancer foundations. I have had family members afflicted by cancer and feel like I honor them best by involving myself in organizations whose goals are to expand upon the knowledge of the disease and improve patient treatment and care.

What is something about you that fans might not know?
I am a science geek. I love learning, especially if it is related to biology or human physiology!

What makes you laugh?
My father and brother, especially when they make fun of each other.

How do you challenge yourself?
I challenge myself by constantly pushing myself to reach my fullest potential. I am happiest when my schedule is full of activities and I strive to give 110% to every commitment I make and maintain a positive attitude!

How do you spend your time in the offseason?
I enjoy taking dance classes, yoga classes, traveling, reading, hiking, and hanging out with my family and friends!

In what area of your life have you achieved the most success?
Thus far, I have many accomplishments I am proud of. However, I have been the most successful in pursuing my dreams of dance. I have been fortunate enough to be able to dance since I was small, and I have pushed myself hard to be the best I can possibly be. As long as I have somewhere to dance, I’m happy!

So Round 14 brings us a battle of family-oriented women who are both studying to further their education. This is our third match featuring a cheerleader who received a bye in the tournament. So far the byes are 1-1, so it's up to you which way the record goes from here. Once again, please feel free to add your opinions and any info you can find on these lovely ladies, and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve this series.

And I just want to say thank you again to MHR. My knowledge of football has expanded exponentially since I started coming to this site and I still find myself so far behind some of the great members here. I figured this contest would be a good way to give something back. Go Broncos!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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