Camille Kostek Reminisces About Her Days as a Patriots Cheerleader

The model and TV host cheered for the NFL team for two years and her boyfriend, Rob Gronkowski, played tight end for 10 years.

Camille Kostek on the red carpet of the premiere of “Spirited" in New York City. 

SI Swimsuit model Camille Kostek is getting nostalgic about her days in the NFL both as an ex-cheerleader and as a girlfriend to an ex-NFL player. She cheered for the New England Patriots for two years while her now-boyfriend of seven years, Rob Gronkowski, was the team’s tight end. Later, when Gronkowski moved to Tampa to play for the Buccaneers, Kostek relocated to Florida with him. Gronkowski retired from the game following the 2021 season.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Dancing With Myself host took to her Instagram story for an “Ask Me Anything” segment where she spilled all the tea. Kostek reminisced about having “slumber parties and girl talk” with other leading ladies in the lives of NFL players.

Camille Kostek performs during a New England Patriots game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. 

“They have become lifelong friends,” she explained. “It’s pretty incredible how football is really family and I would say that the friendships that I made in Tampa Bay alone, in such a short amount of time, are friendships that I think will last a lifetime.”

She added that it was helpful to talk to women experiencing similar relationships with their NFL boyfriends and husbands.

“It’s a pretty cool sisterhood,” Kostek added. “You hang out, you have slumber parties while the guys are at away games, you have a lot of girl talk, you understand a lot of the challenges we face dating guys in a space that is super dangerous at times, the concerns we have and having to be away from them while they’re on the road a lot or at practices and training camp, and different things that we all just kind of share.”

When Kostek was asked why she ended her cheerleading career, she shared that she had other dreams and goals to tackle.

“I felt like I truly lived out the best experience that I could on the team. I cheered for two seasons with the New England Patriots, and I went on a tour to China with three other teammates, I cheered at a winning Super Bowl for Super Bowl XLIX,” Kostek said. “I knew I wanted to move away from the East Coast and fulfill dreams on the West Coast so that’s what I did. That’s why I resigned.”

Gronkowski and Kostek have been dating since 2015 and are adorable together. They dressed up as Ken and Barbie for Halloween this year, leaving fans in awe.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.