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‘The Bachelorette’ star Gabby Windey prefers docs to jocks after working as ICU nurse, NFL cheerleader

This Bachelorette has no problem mixing business with pleasure.

Before looking for love on national television, Gabby Windey was working simultaneously as an ICU nurse and Denver Broncos cheerleader — and exclusively favored one workplace when it came to meeting eligible bachelors.

“Naturally, I dated my fair share of doctors, definitely every specialty,” said the 31-year-old currently starring in Season 19 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

When asked what specialty she liked best, she replied, “I mean, I feel like the surgeons make the most money.”

The Illinois native — who cheered in the NFL from 2016 to 2021 — cited age and IQ as her reasons for not having any football players on her romance roster.

“I didn’t date any football players because I was older, you know, a lot of football players are fresh out of college,” she said. “I was always attracted to brains versus brawns, sorry.”

Windey was first nominated for “The Bachelor” by a friend in 2018 but could not pursue it because taping overlapped with football season.

Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey star in ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
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Upon her retirement from cheering in April 2021, her friend re-nominated her and the rest goes down in reality dating show history.

The leading lady made her on-screen debut on “The Bachelor” in January, finishing as a runner-up, along with Rachel Recchia, a pilot from Florida.

The pair was then selected in tandem to star in “The Bachelorette,” which began airing in July — the first women in the history of the series to take on the role together for a season.

Gabby Windey was first nominated for the “The Bachelor” in 2018.
Gabby Windey was first nominated for the “The Bachelor” in 2018.
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Gabby Windey claims she didn’t date any football players while cheerleading in the NFL.
Gabby Windey said she didn’t date any football players while cheerleading in the NFL.
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Gabby Windey is seen working at the ICU with a head cover.
Gabby Windey is seen working at the ICU with a head cover.

When her commitment to the franchise ends, Windey — who was awarded the 2020 Pop Warner Humanitarian Award for her athletic and philanthropic efforts — said she has no plans to return to intensive care.

“I was an ICU nurse for eight years, so it was a long time spent and a pretty critical environment,” she explained. “I think if I were to go back, I would switch gears away from the bedside.”

Now that she is a TV star, she admits that becoming a sports broadcaster would be a “kind of a natural transition.” She was the sports editor of “The Prowler,” her high school newspaper.

Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia finished in runner-ups in their “The Bachelor” debut.
Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia finished in runner-ups in their “The Bachelor” debut.
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Gabby Windey was a NFL cheerleader for five years.
Gabby Windey was a NFL cheerleader for five years.
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Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia crush on California native Logan.
Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia crush on California native Logan.
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Gabby Windey says she doesn’t mind becoming a sports broadcaster in the future.
Gabby Windey says she doesn’t mind becoming a sports broadcaster in the future.
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But she insisted she’s not interested in the gig, since she prefers the written word.

“Bachelorette” viewers would find that hard to believe since she is known on the show for being outspoken and telling it like it is. On episode one, she revealed to a potential suitor that some of her hair was fake, and actually just extensions.

“I’m always trying to be real,” she said. “I’m like, ‘You have to know how much work and effort goes into this and when I wake up, if I look like Jack Nicholson, don’t say I didn’t warn you.’”



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