NFL Cheerleaders

National Football League Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders have their big leagues, too. NFL cheerleaders are considered the creme de la creme of professional cheerleading, making public appearances and posing for swimsuit calendars every year.

A cheerleader for a National Football League franchise may not receive that much monetary compensation, but she will be able to travel the world on behalf of her team and have the prestige of being the one of the best and most glamorous cheerleaders in the world.

Football Babble provides articles on the NFL cheerleading programs of 30 different NFL teams. Two professional teams — the New York Giants and Detroit Lions — have never had official cheerleaders. Read about those other thirty teams, where you will learn about cheerleading history and the team’s respective junior cheerleader programs.

Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

NFL Cheerleaders - National Football League CheerleadersRepresenting the league’s oldest continuous football team, the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders debuted in 1977. Heavily involved in the community, the girls of the squad also pose for an annual swimsuit calendar. Open auditions are held each year, and the only requirement is that candidates must be at least 18.

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

Originally known as The Falconettes, this squad first debuted during the 1960s. Besides being available for personal appearances, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders also sponsor a junior cheerleading program for girls ages five to sixteen.

Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders

The Ravens cheerleading squad is actually made up of a coed stunt team and all-female dance team. There are over 50 members in all, plus a special public relations group known as The Playmakers.

Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders

NFL Cheerleader - National Football League CheerleaderWhile their inaugural 1960 squad was known as the Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders, that would change in 1967 with the introduction of the Buffalo Jills.

From 1983 until 1986, the squad even included a few male cheerleaders, but this was discontinued after complaints from fans. An Ambassador Squad is also selected each year, and these young women specialize in fan interaction.

Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders

The TopCats Cheerleaders represent the NFL’s Carolina Panthers franchise at each home game.

Candidates for the squad must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. The TopCats are made up of women from various backgrounds, including teachers, physical therapists and social workers.

Chicago Bears Cheerleaders

From 1976 until 1985, the Chicago Honey Bears represented the Bears’ organization on the sidelines. Put together by Cathy Core, the group was disbanded following the team’s Super Bowl win in 1985. Since that time, many fans have referred to the Bears’ lackluster playoff performances as “The Curse of the Honey Bears.”

Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleaders

The Cincinnati Ben-Gals debuted in 1968, and they’ve been involved with the team and community ever since. Whether making appearances in the Cincinnati area, visiting U.S. troops abroad or getting proposed to by Chad Johnson, the Ben-Gals are an important part of the Bengals’ franchise.

Cleveland Browns Cheerleaders

While the Cleveland Browns once had an all-female marching band, they have never used the services of professional cheerleaders. Some attribute this to the cold temperatures in Cleveland, while most assume it’s due to the Browns’ old-school attitude towards football.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The most famous cheerleading squad in football, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are also known by the nickname of “America’s Sweethearts.” Making their debut in 1972, they replaced the CowBelles & Beaux, a group of coed high school cheerleaders. Their famous uniforms were designed by Dallas resident Paula Van Waggoner, and the costumes remain instantly recognizable around the globe.

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Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

After 17 years without cheerleaders, the Denver Broncos started their latest squad in 1993. Before that, the team was cheered on by the Bronkettes, the Bronco Belles and the Pony Express. The latter was disbanded after several members posed topless for Playboy.

Detroit Lions Cheerleaders

Formed in 1929, the Detroit Lions originally played under the name of the Portsmouth Spartans. Hoping to cultivate a hard-nosed football image, the Lions have never has professional cheerleaders.

Green Bay Packers Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders - NFC Cheerleaders - AFC CheerleadersThe Green Bay Packers have used some form of cheerleaders for over 57 years. Originally, the cheerleaders were from local high schools, but Vince Lombardi had a professional group put together in the 1950s.

Originally named the Green Bay Packerettes, they would later be called The Golden Girls and then the Green Bay Sideliners.

Houston Texans Cheerleaders

The Houston Texans have been around since 2002, and so have their cheerleaders. The girls are heavily involved in community work, and the position usually requires around 25 hours per week during the season. Each member also takes part in an annual swimsuit calendar shoot.

Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

The Baltimore Colts started a cheerleading squad in 1954, and they were the first team to have a group of professionals. While the team later relocated to Indianapolis, the girls just kept right on cheering. They have now been in continuous operation for over 25 years.

Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders

Since they cheer for the Jaguars, the team’s cheerleaders are appropriately known as the Jacksonville ROAR. Debuting the same year as the franchise (1995), the Jacksonville Roar squad is traditionally made up of around 30 athletic young women.

Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders

The original Chiefs Cheerleaders of the 1960s were a coed squad, but they were eventually replaced by the all-girl Chiefettes in the 1970s. In the 80s, they were dubbed the Chiefs Cheerleaders, and that name seems to have stuck. The Red & Gold Girls also serve as a spirit squad at Chiefs’ home games.

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

When the Miami Dolphins started playing in 1966, they were cheered on by the Dolphin Dolls. In 1978, they were replaced with the current squad, The Dolphin Starbrites. Famous former Starbrites include Suzy Tavarez, Brittany Freeman and Shannon Ford.

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Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders appeared in 1984, replacing the St. Louis Parkettes. The squad puts out an annual swimsuit calendar, and several hundred women audition each year for a spot on the team.

New England Patriots Cheerleaders

Since their creation in 1977, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders have entertained U.S. troops in over 25 countries around the globe. The minimum age for acceptance is 18, and an average of 300 young ladies audition each year. The cheerleaders and the team mascot, Pat Patriot, can all be booked for public appearances.

New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders

The Saintsations were created in 1987, but the team had also had the Angels, Bonnes Amiees, Saints Dancers and Mam’selles prior to that. Beginning in 1989, the squad also produces an annual swimsuit calendar.

New York Giants Cheerleaders

Since they wish to project a gritty football image, the New York Giants franchise has never used the services of professional cheerleaders. Don’t look for this to change anytime in the near future.

New York Jets Cheerleaders

After 47 years without cheerleaders, the New York Jets finally got them in 2007 with the creation of the New York Flight Crew. The Jets organization, however, insists that they are “flag girls” and not cheerleaders. The 10-girl group proved immensely popular in their debut year, and the roster size will be increased for future seasons.

Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders

Also known as “Football’s Fabulous Females,” the Oakland Raiderettes first appeared in 1961. A Junior Raiderettes Program is held annually, as well as a High School Spirit Explosion. Fitness instructor Kiana Tom is one of their most famous alumni.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar - Cheerleaders Public AppearancesFirst appearing in 1948, the cheer squad was first known as the Eaglettes. In the 1970s, they were re-named the Liberty Belles, and they eventually settled on the modern-day moniker of The Eagles Cheerleaders. Their annual calendar is popular with football fans, as its themes range from physical fitness to lingerie.

Pittsburgh Steelers Cheerleaders

The Pittsburgh Steelerettes debuted in 1961, and they would cheer for the team until 1969. Unfortunately, they weren’t around to see the Steelers win four Super Bowls in the 70s, and the team is still without a group of professional cheerleaders.

San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders

Founded in 1990, the Charger Girls are managed by the same company which handles the cheerleaders for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and the San Francisco 49ers. Each year, the Charger Girls donate over 1,000 hours of their time for public appearances.

San Francisco 49ers Cheerleaders

Pro Cheeleaders - Professional CheerleadersCreated as a coed squad in 1979, the San Francisco Gold Rush has since turned into an all-female cheer team.

Around 400 women audition each year for just 40 spots. To audition, a woman must be at least 18 years of age.

Seattle Seahawks Cheerleaders

The Sea Gals first appeared in 1976, the year the Seattle Seahawks made their NFL debut as an expansion team.

Sea Gals receive an hourly wage for their services, and they also get two free tickets to each home game.

For this reason (among others), many hardcore Seahawks fans dream of dating a Sea Gal.

St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders

While they don’t have a team mascot, the Rams do have a group of cheerleaders. Formed in 1974, the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders have included Lisa Guerrero, Jenilee Harrison and Dawn Gilliam.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

The Buccaneers entered the league in 1976, and so did their cheerleaders. Originally known as the SwashBucklers, they would become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders in 1999. The squad makes around 300 public appearances per year.

Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders

The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders were formed in 1975, originally calling themselves the Derrick Dolls. They changed to their current name after the franchise re-located to Tennessee. Girls from six to fourteen can take part in a Junior Cheer Program held annually by the Titans Cheerleaders.

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Also known as “The First Ladies of Football,” the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have been around since 1962. When they debuted, they were known as the Redskinettes and wore Indian-themed costumes. An all-female group called The Ambassadors are also selected yearly, and it’s their duty to focus on fan interaction at tailgate parties and in luxury boxes.

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