Former Oregon cheerleader Amanda Pflugrad (pronounced “flew-grad”), a photogenic blonde, was thrust into the spotlight three years ago thanks to Sports Illustrated’s “Cheerleader of the Week,” a popular feature on the magazine’s website in which she appeared in 2008.
Who knew that the previously anonymous Pflugrad would still be prominent today?
Well, it should be no surprise considering how fast Pflugrad’s profile increased on the Internet, where her popularity – not to mention her pictures – spread like wildfire.
A simple Google search for her name provides a user with a Pflugrad overload, including the Top 10 Hottest Pflugrad Pictures from Frathouse Sports and the Bleacher Report entry entitled “Amanda Pflugrad and the Babes of FOX Sports.” That’s without mentioning the endless miscellaneous photos and even a few YouTube clips that have captivated her adoring fans.
This website dubs here “America’s Hottest Cheerleader” – complete with a gallery of photos from her days on Ducks’ sideline – and Busted Coverage even posted a photo of her with former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, no doubt in an attempt to shut down the Internet completely.
But Coed Magazine may provide the most comprehensive collection of Pflugrad visuals available. There are 61 photos – 61! – of the former cheerleader spliced into a gallery, including professional modeling snapshots, pictures of her on the sideline, hanging out with friends, partying on a boat in a bikini, and yes, sitting atop some sort of all-terrain vehicle.
The folks at Busted Coverage seem intent on showing Pflugrad from every angle possible – literally.
However, there’s more to Pflugrad than just a pretty face, though her good looks certainly have helped during a career as a television reporter/personality for FOX Sports Arizona since graduating from Oregon last year. The bio on FOX’s website describes her as a lifestyle reporter within the sports world, covering both the Arizona Cardinals, for example, while appearing with entertainment host Melissa Rivers for a “Style Showdown.”
Her role has been dubbed “Amanda in the City” as Pflugrad has been a woman about town in the Phoenix area, where she focuses her coverage on “charity events that both pro athletes and celebrities are involved with in the Valley,” her bio reads.
But Pflugrad’s involvement in sports was derived from family influence. Her father, Robin, has been a college football coach since 1980 – save for one year in high school ball. He joined the staff at Portland State after a playing career at the school.
Robin Pflugrad was the Ducks receivers coach from 2006-08 and Amanda’s brother, Aaron, was an Oregon receiver in 2007 and 2008 – leaving for Arizona State when his father departed Eugene after the 2008 season.
Currently, Robin is the head coach at FCS Montana (the Grizzlies are 4-2), while Aaron is starring for the Sun Devils. He has 26 catches – tied for the team lead – for 380 yards and four touchdowns through six games as a diminutive 5-foot-10, 182-pound slot receiver.
With No. 18 Arizona State set to take on No. 9 Oregon in a huge Pac-12 battle Saturday night, Pflugrad’s worlds will collide when her brother’s 5-1 Sun Devils take on her alma mater.
Amanda and Aaron Pflugrad actually did a parody piece for FOX Sports, in which the two reverse roles for the day – Amanda as a wide receiver catching passes from quarterback Brock Osweiler and Aaron as an intrepid reporter.
The Pflugrads obviously have some charisma. Add in Amanda’s good looks, likability and increasing exposure, and she certainly has a future in television.
It wouldn’t shock us if Pflugrad catches the collective eye of ESPN, which has launched the careers of attractive blondes Erin Andrews, Michelle Beadle and Jenn Brown – all of whom have become faces of the company.
But we see entertainment-savvy Pflugrad more like Andrews, a former Florida dance team member who crossed over to compete on “Dancing With the Stars,” rather than Beadle, who comes off more as a nuts-and-bolts sports personality.
Hey, it wasn’t long ago that Pflugrad was just another good-looking cheerleader on a college football sideline.
The 2008 Sports Illustrated feature portrays Pflugrad as a simple girl, one whose three wishes are as follows: “I want to go to Paris, go to a NFL game and go surfing in Hawaii with my family.”
If she continues her current career trajectory, she will be able to achieve much more than that.