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
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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
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Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders
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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

Lakers Cheerleaders

They cheer in yellow, they cheer in gold, sometimes you can even catch them in purple. But catch them quick, cause these gals are hot enough to burn you. We most recently went through the New England Patriots cheerleaders, which turned out to be quite a hit will the readers of our blog. We should return to these fit cheerful young ladies more often, but often get distracted. If not the most popular cheerleader post of all time, this one was at least in the top 5. I hope you guys enjoy, and let us know who you would like to see more of. click to see Lakers Cheerleaders

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Apparently, we were so sure the New England Patriots were going to win the Super Bowl, that we put together a montage of their famous cheerleaders. Ha-ha, the joke is on us. But in thinking about it, we have decided most of you really don’t necessarily care who the cheerleaders play for, you’re just ready to see some cute gals with pom-pom’s showing us what an active life can do for a body.

It’s important to note than some industry insiders consider the Patriots to have the best cheerleading squad in the NFL. They have been to Afghanistan, Kyrgzstan, and Qatar to involve themselves in humanitarian assistance projects and perform for troops to increase moral. I doubt there are few things a weary troop would rather see than a bouncy, smiling cheerleader. Probably a very effective morale booster, even if it’s also a significant distraction. more Patriots Cheerleaders

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

We should start the year off on the right foot by doing an in-depth study of everybody’s favorite NFL Cheerleaders – the Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders.

They are known as the Topcats, and they always cheer at the Bank of America Stadium when the Panthers play. There are 25 ladies, and they range in age from 21 to 33 years old. Let’s run through them really quick in alphabetical order:
Ashley Beasley – Grad Student in Raleigh
Candis Halligan – Student in Fayetteville
Courtney Aldredge – Disney Entertainment
Cynthia English – Grad Student in Charlotte
Eiesha Williamson – Charlotte Entrepreneur
Erin Donovan – Grad student in Raleigh
Jenny Baker – Student in Charlotte
Jessie Fife – Dance school owner more Panthers Cheerleaders

NFL Cheerleaders

We wanted to start the month of December off on the right foot with a whole bunch of photos of NFL cheerleaders. Winter is upon us, it’s football season, and what better time than to look out on the field and see these dazzling beauties flashing their pearly whites at us and entertaining for all they’re worth. If it looks like we’ve spent too much time with just a few teams (those Miami Dolphin and San Diego Charger cheerleaders kind of captivate our attention), just put your vote in for your favorite squad, and next time we’ll dump in a bunch of photos of the popular favorites. see the NFL cheerleader pics

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson is a former NFL Cheerleader. She cheered for several years for the Buccaneers, and was so popular she was basically the spokesperson for the entire squad. Once she finished her degree in teaching, she left the team and basically dropped into (relative) obscurity as a 3rd grade school teacher. She sort of “came back” by hosting a video program about the behind-the-scenes action of the Bucs cheerleader tryouts. Fans rejoiced, then boom, back into obscurity.

In general, pro cheerleaders don’t make a lot of money, so volunteering their time tends to be a short-term or temporary gig. Whichever sport they cheer for, the pro cheerleaders run the entire gamut from being very experienced (think cheering for two decades), to walk-on’s who have more of a dance background than cheerleading. more Rachel Watson

Cutest Cheerleader Babes

We’re just trying to mix it up a bit, as well as celebrate the joys of the NFL and Thanksgiving season. Fit cheerleaders aren’t exactly a new topic around here, but based on your requests (demands?) we don’t post enough of them to keep everybody happy. So salute these cuties who do their best to entertain us whether the ball’s in the air or we’re waiting for a commercial break to be over. cute cheerleaders

Romi Bean

Romi Bean is a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos. NFL cheerleaders are known for being paid very little and occasionally attracting more attention than the football players themselves. That attention is well-deserved in the case of Ms. Bean. She is a student at the University of Colorado Majoring in Business. She loves dance, and of course has been into cheerleading forever. She wants to go into broadcasting. She has some Greek heritage, and it shows up in her exotic looks.

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Mia Lawrence

31 years old and hailing from Fort Lauderdale Florida, Mia Lawrence is a fitness model who broke out of the legal profession to pursue something more exciting and fulfilling. She is 5’6″ and 127 lbs. If there is one thing Mia knows, it’s cheerleading. In 1995 she was a UCA All Star Cheerleader, in 2005 she was in the documentary Making the Squad, and in 2008 she was an NFL cheerleader.

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Shannon Dey

(updated with new/more info 6/16/10)
Shannon Dey was a 2001 NPC champion. Her body is no joke, she is truly a fitness babe. Dedicated to both her training and her fans, Shannon always seems to be popular with the crowd. She grew up in Kansas wanting to be on a professional dance team. She ended up on the cheerleading squad for the Kansas City Chiefs. After retiring from cheerleading, she started considering fitness competitions with the IFBB. I think Shannon now runs a competition herself.