NFL Cheerleaders – A Comprehensive Guide

History of Cheerleading in the NFL
The first NFL cheerleading squad appeared in 1954. It belonged to the Baltimore Colts. They were actually part of a marching band, so they looked a bit different than the squads we see today.
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So we have to give credit to the Colts for being the first. But it was in 1960 that the Dallas Cowboys began to find the magic formula.

At the time, a guy named Tex Schramm was the GM. He had a background in television, and understood the potential to turn an NFL team from just a sports team into an actual entertainment complex. There was a bit of a rough start, when he hired some models and plopped them out on the field. It wasn’t a huge success. At that point, he dropped the model idea and replaced it with CowBelles & Beaux, which was just a male/female group of high schoolers.

This was still a little ho-humm, until the 1967 breakout year. During a Cowboys game that year, one of the Dallas cheerleaders named Bubbles Cash (who happened to be a stripper as well as a cheerleader) hit the headlines with a fairly revealing outfit.
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NFL Cheerleader Controversy
Although it’s mind-boggling, some NFL teams actually choose NOT to have a cheerleading squad. What are they thinking? The offenders are:
Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
Actually, there’s a good reason for this. Just before the 2014 NFL season, a handful of former Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders sued the team for working them without pay.[1]

Add to that a 2014 lawsuit from a former Raiders cheerleader, saying the team paid her what amounted to less than $5 per hour. [3]

In 2014, Molly Shattuck was charged with a number of crimes. [4]

Pay
Since 2014, when some cheerleaders sued a team for not paying them (see out “Controversy” section), many teams have started paying their cheerleading squad. But think of it as lucrative. While a team mascot can make $65k/year [2], most cheerleaders only make minimum wage. Clearly, this is a very part-time job, a way to have fun (assuming the grueling hours of practice are enjoyable), and get plenty of exposure.

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Injuries
Injuries, at least serious ones, are rare among NFL Cheerleaders. Most squads limit their activities to dance routines. Very few of them do stunts. In late 2014, a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader was injured while performing an aerobatic stunt. [5] She was carted out of the stadium on a stretcher, and went to the hospital.

Uniforms
In some cases, the subject of NFL Cheerleader outfits could be listed under our “controversy” topic. Some are quite revealing and scandalous. NFL teams have to walk the line between being entertaining and appealing to the male-dominated audience, and being suitable for prime time family viewing.

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Arizona currently has 26 ladies on the squad. There’s a little pride in the fact that they are the longest running squad, since they were established in 1977. Slightly less noteworthy, Meagan Welter was a member of the squad when she was arrested for fighting with her boyfriend. She also happens to be an Iraq War veteran.
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Behind the scenes video of an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader photoshoot – link

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
Initially introduced in 1962 as the Falconettes, they currently have 36 on their squad. In 2015, Brianna Stade made headlines as she traded in her cheerleading uniform in favor of a construction outfit. A local Atlanta company was proud to have her as their full-time employee. [6]
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Video of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders doing their thing.

Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders
The Ravens are one of the few squads in the NFL that are co-ed. They typically have 31 (female) members on their squad.
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Pretty cool video link of a Baltimore Ravens Cheerleading tryout.

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders
Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleaders
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders
Houston Texans Cheerleaders
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders
Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders
Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Video of Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders singing Call Me Maybe – link
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
New England Patriots Cheerleaders
New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders
New York Jets Cheerleaders
Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders
San Francisco 49ers Cheerleaders
Seattle Seahawks Cheerleaders
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Bibliography:
[1] – NBC Sports – Buffalo Jills Sue Buffalo Bills
[2] – Change.org – Mascot vs Cheerleader Pay
[3] – SFGate – Raiders Cheerleader Sues
[4] – NYPost – Cheerleader Charged
[5] – CBS – Cheerleader Injured
[6] – Brianna Stade article

Miscellaneous Fitness Babes

Let’s enjoy some more miscellaneous fitness babes:

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Candice Lewis

Candice Lewis is one of those figure athletes with an incredible taper. She has great shoulders, and a waist so tiny it’s like she’s a female action hero doll. She is 5’7″ tall and lives in Denver Colorado. She grew up running track and cheerleading, so fitness and activity is nothing new to her. She is 31. She is actually the oldest of ten siblings (10!), so there was a good bit of pressure on her growing up to set a good example for her brothers and sisters. That still reflects in her personality and lifestyle today. She is all about empowering women and showing them how to live with strength and confidence.

She is extremely active in the NPC and IFBB. As you can see, she competes in several contests every year, and has done so since 2011.

2015 IFBB Olympia Weekend (3rd)
2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia (3rd)
2015 IFBB Arnold Sports Festival (2nd)
2014 IFBB Olympia Weekend (3rd)
2014 IFBB St. Louis Pro (1st)
2014 IFBB Arnold Classic (5th)
2013 IFBB Olympia Weekend (9th)
2013 IFBB Omaha Pro (1st)
2013 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix XIII (3rd)
2013 IFBB Arnold Classic (4th)
2012 IFBB Masters Olympia & Pro World (1st)
2012 IFBB Fort Lauderdale Cup (1st)
2012 IFBB Houston Pro (1st)
2012 IFBB Olympia Weekend (7th)
2012 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza (1st)
2012 IFBB Omaha Pro Figure (1st)
2012 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro (7th)
2011 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Figure (6th)
2011 IFBB Border States Pro Figure (6th)
2011 IFBB Fort Lauderdale Pro (7th)
2011 NPC Junior National Championships (1st)
2011 NPC Junior National Championships (1st)
2011 NPC California State Bodybuilding, Figure & Bikini Championships (1st)

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Here’s a video of Candice Lewis doing an interview:

Janet Layug

We already mentioned that Janet Layug won second place in the IFBB Pro Bikini division at the 2015 Mr Olympia contest. Since then, she placed 1st at the 2015 IFBB Korean Grand Prix. This girl is rockin’ and rollin’ lately!

Janet calls Orlando, Florida her home. She is twenty-six years old and of Polish and Filipino descent. She stands 5’8″ tall, weighs 124 lbs, and measures a very fit 32D-25-35. She started out doing promo work for a swimwear company, and received a good bit of attention when she placed in the top five in the 2011 Hooters Swimsuit pageant. She was a popular cover model for the May 2015 edition of FitnessRX Magazine. She graduated from the University of Florida.

Some additional contest history for Janet:

2015 IFBB Korean Grand Prix 1st
2015 IFBB Olympia Weekend 2nd
2015 IFBB New Zealand Pro 1st
2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia 1st
2015 IFBB Arnold Sports Festival 3rd
2014 IFBB Olympia Weekend 2nd
2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro 4th
2014 IFBB Battle on the Beach Pro 1st
2014 IFBB Arnold Classic 8th
2013 NPC National Championships 1st
2013 NPC National Championships 1st
2013 NPC Fort Lauderdale Cup 1st

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2015 Mr Olympia Bikini, Figure, Fitness, and Physique Results

Here are the results from the 2015 Mr Olympia Bikini, Figure, Fitness, and Physique contests:

IFBB PRO BIKINI
1. ASHLEY KALTWASSER
2. JANET LAYUG
3. COURTNEY KING
4. INDIA PAULINO
5. STACEY ALEXANDER
6. NARMIN ASSRIA
7. STEPHANIE MAHOE
8. JUSTINE MUNRO
9. MICHELLE SYLVIA
10. JAMIE DEL ANGEL
11. SARAH LEBLANC
12. BREENA MARTINEZ
13. TAWNA EUBANKS
14. NICOLE ANKNEY
15. CHRISTIE MARQUEZ
16. KATE ABATE
16. NOY ALEXANDER
16. BIANCA BERRY
16. ANGELES BURKE
16. CHRISTINA FJAERE
16. TAMARA HADDAD
16. ADRIANA HILL
16. VLADIMIRA KRASOVA
16. FRANCESCA LAUREN
16. DAYNA MALETON
16. ANGELA MARQUEZ
16. NOEMI OLAH
16. CATHERINE RADULIC
16. JANELLE SAITONE-MCGUIRE
16. ALLA SEMENOVA
16. ANGELICA TEIXEIRA
LEA BEAUMONT

IFBB PRO FIGURE
1. LATORYA WATTS
2. NICOLE WILKINS
3. CANDICE LEWIS
4. CAMALA RODRIGUEZ-MCCLURE
5. CANDICE KEENE
6. GENNIFER STROBO
7. ANN TITONE
8. CYDNEY GILLON
9. ANDREA CALHOUN
10. JOAN SMITH
11. ALLISON FRAHN
12. JULIE MAYER
13. IVANA IVUSIC
14. ADELA ONDREJOVICOVA
15. SHALAKO BRADBERRY
16. MARIA LUISA BAEZA-DIAZ
16. JENNIFER BROWN
16. BRITTANY CAMPBELL
16. WENDY FORTINO
16. KARINA GRAU
16. RENATA GUARACIABA
16. CANDICE JOHN
16. KAMLA MACKO
16. VERA MALLETT
16. KAREN NOORLUN
16. ANDREA PAYNTER
16. JENNIFER TAYLOR
16. MEGAN WYBLE

IFBB PRO FITNESS
1. OKSANA GRISHINA
2. TANJI JOHNSON
3. MYRIAM CAPES
4. REGIANE DA SILVA
5. BETHANY WAGNER
6. MICHELLE BLANK
7. FIONA HARRIS
8. RYALL GRABER
9. WHITNEY JONES
10. MARTA AGUIAR
11. CHIKA ALUKA
12. KRISTINE DUBA
13. SARA KOVACH
14. MISSY TERWILLIGER

IFBB PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

1. JULIANA MALACARNE
2. KIRA NEUMAN
3. TYCIE COPPETT
4. DANIELLE REARDON
5. AUTUMN SWANSEN
6. MINDI OBRIEN
7. GLORIA FAULS
8. ERICA BLOCKMAN
9. TERESITA MORALES
10. JACKLYN SUTTON ABRAMS
11. HEATHER GRACE
12. KARINA NASCIMENTO
13. LEAH JOHNSON
14. AYANNA CARROLL
15. TAMEE MARIE
16. LA’DRISSA BONIVEL
16. DIANNE BROWN
16. MICHELLE CUMMINGS
16. KRISTINA DYBDAHL-FARNSWORTH
16. SHERONICA HENTON
16. JENNIFER HERNANDEZ
16. CANDREA JUDD-ADAMS
16. CEAANNA KERR
16. JAMIE POSTILL
16. LEONIE ROSE
16. MIKAILA SOTO
16. LEILA THOMPSON
16. YASHA

Ashley Kaltwasser

Ashley Kaltwasser was known for being athletic from the age of four on. She competed in gymnastics through her 10th grade year in high school, when she switched to track and field.

Ashley ran the 300m hurdles, 100 meter hurdles, performed in the long jump and also the 3.1 mile cross country. She broke no less than seven records during her high school career, which still stand today. She was subsequently awarded a college scholarship, where she specialized in the 400m hurdles.

Height: 5’5’’
Weight: 122
Age: 26
Birthplace (city): Akron OH
Current Location (city): Akron OH

Competitive Record (By Year):
2014 Power Pro Show Russia
Bikini 1st
2014 Korea Grand Prix
Bikini 1st
2014 Bikini Olympia
Bikini 1st
2014 Toronto Pro
Bikini 1st
2014 New York Pro
Bikini 2nd
2014 New Zealand Pro
Bikini 1st
2014 Australian Pro

Bikini
1st
2014
Ms. Bikini International
Bikini
1st
2013
Ms. Bikini Olympia
Bikini
1st
2013
Sheru Classic
Bikini
1st
2013
Toronto Pro Supershow
Bikini
1st
2013
New York Pro
Bikini
2nd
2013
Powerhouse Classic Pro
Bikini
1st
2013
Pittsburgh Pro
Bikini
2nd
2013
Europa Show Of Champions
Bikini
2nd
2013
Bikini International
Bikini
10th
2012
Houston Pro
Bikini
5th
2012
Team Universe Championships
Bikini
1st
2012
Junior National Championships
Bikini
6th
2012
Arnold Amateur Championships
Bikini 1st
2011
NPC Natural Northern USA Championships
Bikini 1st
2011 NPC Elite Physique Championships

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Popular video of Ashley Kaltwasser’s leg workout:

Brooke Ence

I recently ran across Brook Ence (aka Brooke Holladay) and was spellbound by her beauty, her body, and her personality. She’s already a big star in the Cross-Fit world, and I have no doubt she’ll continue on into more mainstream activities.

She is 25 years old, 5’7″ tall, and weighs around 150 lbs. As you can see from this video, it’s solid muscle. She was a National Figure Competitor for awhile, so it’s hard to say how much of that body she built with traditional bodybuilding work, and how much was built with crossfit workouts. She started out by taking 1st place in the Utah Open in 2008. I see she placed 16th in the 2010 NPC USA Nationals. Brooke lives in Santa Cruz, CA and is a full-time coach.

She actually went to college in Utah as a dance major, so clearly she has been active and athletic her whole life. That blonde hair and unique face suggest some European roots. She claims that she always gained muscle easily, even as a young girl. If we could all be that lucky!

Sasha Brown

Although we discussed her back in 2010, Sasha Brown has been on our minds again lately. This is probably because she did so well in the IFBB Tournament of Champions this year (taking fourth place). After moving to the US in 2005 to focus on her career in fitness modeling and personal training, she found her tomboy upbringing gave her an edge in figure competitions. Maybe it was the well-rounded athletic background, but her stunning and exotic looks don’t hurt either. She got started in fitness when she saw pictures of Monica Brant in a magazine, and was inspired to be better than the average lady. For whatever reason (and there’s certainly no excuse for it), Sash grew up continually being told and feeling like she was not good enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Michelle Lewin

Initially, Michelle Lewin used weightlifting and bodybuilding to stay in shape for modeling gigs. But she loved the look and the feeling, and got more and more into fitness modeling. She dipped her toe in the pool in a NPC bikini contest, and never looked back. She did a Playboy shoot or two a few years ago in South America, but now lives in South Florida. She is 27 years old, and 5’4″ tall.

Her physique is great for a fitness model. She is a real hardbody. Her lower body – legs and glutes – seems to be more developed than her upper body. But that tiny waist is the clincher. When she slides that smile on her face and twists those hips to flex her abs, bam she has got it locked in. You’ll notice a thrilling little splay of freckles at the bottom of her neck right at cleavage level. more Michelle Lewin

More Hot Fitness Babes

A few more random photos of fitness babes to spice up your day. These include:
Amanda Adams
Eniko Csonka
Jill McConkey
Michelle MacDonald
Vlatka Dragic

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