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As seen in the Summer 2012 issue.

Living the Dream
Playmate Jaime Edmondson just may be the hottest sports fan you'll ever meet.
By Elizabeth Beddall | Photography courtesy of Playboy

Jaime Edmondson can barely get a word in between the barks.

She's packing up her car for an hour-long roadtrip to the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the three dogs she shares with boyfriend and star slugger Evan Longoria seem cheesed about the exit.

But much like the schedule of her pro-athlete partner, modeling, she explains, is characterized by long stretches of work followed by a chunk of downtime. And as she preps to pick up her girlfriends, with whom she'll be watching the Lightning play a home game against the Bruins, one truth rises over the din: Edmondson is in off-season.

"I was in the 11th grade the first time I went to a hockey game," she says. "I can definitely say that watching it in person, that's when it became exciting for me."

"I do have a very feisty personality, I'm definitely an alpha type female," the 5'8" stunner adds. "So I was like, 'Oh, this is an awesome sport. You're telling me you get to beat the crap out of someone and your only punishment is that you get to sit in a box for five minutes? Perfect.'"

It's that same do-or-die disposition that helped earn the former Miami Dolphins cheerleader a spot on reality TV phenomenon The Amazing Race not once, but twice, when she, along with partner and pal Cara Rosenthal, was selected to return for an all-star 18th season.

Fans recognized Edmondson as the strikingly beautiful and quick-tempered redhead whose ill-fated taxi ride had originally cost her the million bucks in the final episode of season 14. Heterosexual males who happened to flip past CBS would also recognize her, come January 2010, as the decade's first Playboy Playmate.

"They had offered Cara and I a double pictorial after the first season and she turned it down because she was going to law school," she says. "They wrote me back and said, 'Well Hef wants to know what you would think about being a Playmate?'"

Fast-forward to the present and the 33-year-old is now a bona fide Bunny (see her sporting green, floppy ears on the related Wikipedia page's main photo) and a V.I.P. guest of one larger-than-life Los Angeles address.

"The first time I walked into the Playboy mansion I saw him standing in the dining room," says Edmondson of robed renegade Hugh Hefner. "What was surreal about it all was that it was all kind of normal. The front door wasn't locked. He introduced himself, welcomed me in and just set me loose."

Having made her passion for play clear from the get-go, it wasn't long before the Playboy posse approached her with the idea of sharing her athletic inclinations.

She is now the proud author of Play by Playmate -- a weekly blog published on the magazine's website about the latest happenings in baseball, basketball, hockey, and don't forget...

"Football," proclaims the fervent Miami Dolphins fan. "It always comes first. I grew up every single Sunday watching football. It was just something that was part of my lifestyle growing up as a child."

Raised in Bartow, Florida by a family of cops, Edmondson hitched a wagon to another male-dominated world along her way. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in criminal justice, this tough-as-nails knockout did a two-year stint on the other side of the state as a night shift police officer in Boca Raton.

"I don't think that at this point I'd be able to go back to it," she laughs. "I don't know if any department would want to take me on."

"But my dream as a little girl was to be an undercover spy. Even now when I see action movies and all these girls playing government officials, I feel jealous. That is still what my heart desires. That's still what I want to be when I grow up."

If being able to call yourself a reality star, world traveller, successful model, professional cheerleader, police officer, Playboy Bunny, and blogger by your early 30s is any indication of one's ability to cross off bucket list bullet points, chances are we'll see this tall, feisty redhead flashing the bad guys her CIA credentials soon enough.

"I've learned people should follow their dreams because they do not know what can come of them," she says. "I'm currently living a dream I didn't even know I had. I couldn't imagine it any other way."

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