National Football League Cheerleading, or simply NFL Cheerleading, is a professional cheerleading league in the United States. Twenty six of the 32 NFL teams include a cheerleading squad in their franchise. Cheerleaders are a popular attraction that can give a team more coverage/airtime, popular local support and increased media image. For the NFL, the Baltimore Colts were the first team in the NFL to have cheerleaders in 1954. They were also a part of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band. Currently, six NFL teams have no cheerleaders.

According to most NFL cheerleading sites, cheerleading is classified as a part-time job that consists of time for practice, training camp, games, appearances, photo shoots, and charity events.

Most often, cheerleaders have completed or are attending a university, and continue on to other careers after cheering for an average of one to four seasons.

Apart from their main duties of cheering during the football games, the cheerleaders have many other responsibilities. Nearly every team member is available for appearances at schools, events, conferences, etc., for a set fee. An anticipated annual event is the release of each squad's calendar, featuring members for each month in swimsuits, lingerie, or uniforms. As well as being a mainstay of American football culture, the cheerleaders are one of the biggest entertainment groups to regularly perform for the United States Armed Forces overseas. All performances and tours are enlisted by the USO. Teams send their variety show, an elite group of their best members, to perform combination shows of dance, music, baton twirling, acrobatics, gymnastics, and more. In February 2007, the Buffalo Bills even sent a squad of eight along with their choreographer into the war zone of Iraq. In 1996, the SF 49ers Cheerleaders and their director Angela King-Twitero helicoptered into the war inflicted country of Bosnia with the USO and the U.S. Army. The U.S. troops in Korea have been entertained during the holiday season with the USO's Bob Hope Tour. Over the years, the tour has featured NFL cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys and the SF 49ers.

As of 2006, a competition strictly for NFL cheerleaders was introduced on The NFL Network, called NFL Cheerleader Playoffs. Two cheerleaders from each cheerleading team compete against other mini-teams in various athletic events. This includes kayaking, 100 yard dash, obstacle courses, and other events.

A top honor for an NFL Cheerleader is to be selected as Pro Bowl Cheerleader. The group is composed of an all-star cheerleader (one from each NFL cheer team) that represents her NFL team at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. The Pro Bowl Cheerleaders were founded in 1992 and directed by Jay Howarth and Angela King-Twitero. Choreography by John Peters.


Listed by name, with corresponding NFL football team.

Current or Last Name Year Established and Former Names NFL Team
Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders 1977–1987 St Louis Cardinals Cheerleaders
1988–1993 Phoenix Cardinals Cheerleaders
1994–present Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders 1960s The Falconettes
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders* 1998 Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Jills 1960–1965 Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Topcats 1996 Carolina Panthers
Chicago Honey Bears[1] 1976–1985
1986–present none
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Ben-Gals[2] 1976 Cincinnati Bengals
none Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1960s–1971 CowBelles & Beaux,
1972–present [3]
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders 1977 Denver Broncos
none Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers cheerleaders late 1950s–1961 Packerettes
1961–1972 Golden Girls
1973–1977 Packerettes [4][5]
1977–1986 Sideliners [6]
1987–2006 none
2007–present college cheerleaders
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans Cheerleaders 2002 Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders 1954–1983 Baltimore Colts Cheerleaders
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville ROAR 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders 1960s Chiefs Cheerleaders
1970a Chiefettes
1980a – present Chiefs Cheerleaders[7]
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders[8] 1966–1977 Dolphin Dolls
1978–early 1980s Dolphin Starbrites
early 1980s Dolfin Star Brites
1983–present Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders 1961–1963 Vi-Queens
1964–1983 The Parkettes (St. Louis Park High School)
1984–present Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
Minnesota Vikings
Patriots Cheerleaders 1977 New England Patriots
New Orleans Saintsations Angels
Bonnes Amiees
Saints Dancers
1977 Saintsations
New Orleans Saints
none New York Giants
Jets Flight Crew 2006 Jets Flag Crew
2007–present Jets Flight Crew
New York Jets
Oakland Raiderettes 1961[9] Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders 1948–1960s Eaglettes
1970s Liberty Belles
1980s–present The Eagles Cheerleaders
Philadelphia Eagles
none 1960–1969 Pittsburgh Steelerettes amateurs
1970–present none[10]
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders 1974–1994 Embraceable Ewes
1995–present St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders
St. Louis Rams
San Diego Charger Girls 1990[11] San Diego Chargers
San Francisco Gold Rush 1979 (as a coed squad before becoming an all-girl squad in 1983[12] San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Sea Gals 1976[13] Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
1976–1998 SwashBucklers
1999–present Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders[14]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders 1975–1999 The Derrick Dolls
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders 1962 Redskinettes
currently: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders[15]
Washington Redskins

* Ravens Cheerleading Squad is technically a Co-ed Stunt and All-Female Dance squad.

Teams without cheerleaders

As of 2011, the only teams without cheerleaders are the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The February 2011 meeting of the Packers and Steelers at Super Bowl XLV was the first time a Super Bowl featured no cheerleaders.[16]

Notable cheerleaders

Two New Orleans Saints cheerleaders stand with a member of the U.S. Air Force during a U.S.O. visit to Southwest Asia.

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Topcats

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Brooke Griffin, (2005–2009), personal trainer, author, and fitness model.[19]

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders onboard the USS Harry S. Truman on December 16, 2000

Denver Broncos

Houston Texans

Texans cheerleaders in August 2010

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Oakland/Los Angeles Raiderettes

Philadelphia Eagles

St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams

San Diego Chargers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Mary Delgado, (1993–1999), winner on The Bachelor Season 6
  • Brooke Newton, actress
  • Bobbie Shay Lee (1996–1998), first NFL cheerleader with a short hair cut, also called a pixie cut. Since then, the team reserves a spot each year for a cheerleader with short hair.

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders perform for U.S. servicemen onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain

2006 Pro Bowl cheerleaders

Pro Bowl

Each year, one squad member from every NFL team is chosen to participate in the collective Pro Bowl cheerleading squad. Traditionally, this is the highest honor of talent and popularity an NFL cheerleader can receive. The Pro Bowl Cheerleaders were founded in 1992 and directed by Jay Howarth and Angela King-Twitero, choreographed by John Peters.

See also


  2. Cincinnati Ben-Gals
  3. Dallas Cheerleaders History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.[dead link]
  4. Green Bay Packerettes, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Retrieved September 21, 2007
  5. Ex-Packers cheerleader writes winning slogan for fence, September 9, 2007, Retrieved September 21, 2007
  6. Legends on Parade to highlight Packers' Glory Years, Green Bay Press-Gazette, August 24, 2007, Retrieved September 21, 2007
  7. Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.[dead link]
  8. Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders History (2010) Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  9. Oakland Raiderettes History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.[dead link]
  10. Steelerettes History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  11. Charger Girls History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007. Archived February 2, 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ) Gold Rush History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  13. Sea Gals History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007. Archived January 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. Retrieved February 15, 2007.
  15. Redskin Cheerleader History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007. Archived January 26, 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. Plaschke, Bill (2011-01-27). "No Super Bowl cheerleaders? He says rah!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  18. Georgia State Cheerleading (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  19. Brooke Griffin's official website
  20. Sarah Shahi (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007
  21. Up & Down: It's good to be Hunter ... Mahan, that is Retrieved August 10, 2010
  22. Tatiana Anderson (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  23. Miss Florida USA (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007. Archived February 6, 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. "Brittany's Scrapbook". Miami Dolphins. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  25. [1]
  26. Pageant History (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  28. Jenilee Harrison (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  29. Angela King (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  30. Angela King Designs (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  32. Dr. Williams (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  33. Debbie Barrigan (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007.[dead link]
  34. Miss Maryland USA (2007) Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  35. Mrs. America USA (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.

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