Saturday, November 01, 2008


She's a professional cheerleader and a Florida licensed private investigator, it's the real life story of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Lori Rumberg.

The daughter of Dennis and Renae Rumberg, Brantwood, Lori was one of 500 young women trying out for the cheerleading team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had partnered with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency to "select the most talented and spirited cheerleaders in the National Football League."

While being a cheerleader for professional football team is "like having another full-time job, Rumberg currently works as a private investigator in Tampa Bay.
She has a bachelors degree in criminology from the University of Southern Florida. "I attended the University of Wisconsin for a while, but then moved to Florida to attend a reputable school for criminology and get the best education possible," she said.Rumberg describes her "normal" job as interesting. She is a licensed private investigator and the company she works for conducts surveillance with advanced technology and does general researches. "I am both in the field and in the office," she said.

"I hold a concealed weapons licence and a G licence which means I can carry a weapon in the open and serve as a body guard. "Since she must be prepared to go "out in the field at the drop of a hat," Rumberg said she does carry a gun every day. Her office work includes doing research to find lost or missing persons."It is a great feeling to get to the bottom of an assigned case, mission accomplished when the case is solved,"she said.

"Dealing with a variety of services and requests keeps us on our toes. It seems there is never a dull moment." The key to finding time for everything she is involved in is to be organized and prioritize, Rumberg said. She noted that her boyfriend helps out so she can do the things that are important to her."It sounds ironic, but besides working as a licensed private investigator, my dedication and commitment now is to dance for the Bucs," Rumberg said.

"There's so much I've already experienced that has been so amazing."By being a Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleader, she has shared and encountered unbelievable opportunities that would normally never have been feasible. Rumberg acknowledges the support of the cheerleading team members and its coordinator as well as the people back home. Because of her busy schedule, she only gets back to the Prentice area once a year but, Rumberg said, she keeps in touch with family members by e-mail. She speaks to her parents every Sunday "no matter what is going on that day.""It is important that I talk to them at least that often," she said. "They are always there for me and all their support really makes a difference in my life. I could never be where I am and who I am today without them."

Bill Warner
Private Investigator