Cheerleading is a very prevalent aspect of many sports. Especially in North American sporting events, there rarely is an event with no cheerleaders. NFL is one such league where cheerleading is an essential game aspect. The NFL has a long culture of entertainment during halftime breaks; cheerleaders play a big part in this. There are star cheerleaders who stand out above the rest with their beauty and grace.
Just as there are star players, there are main cheerleaders for every team within the team’s cheerleading group. There is no denying that these beauties can easily distract you from the game because they are drop-dead gorgeous. The cheerleaders for every team don’t only cheer but also do other activities on the side. For instance, cheerleaders for teams could also be acting or modeling to earn extra money. Or, more likely, many cheerleaders do cheerleading as a temporary side thing while trying to pursue a career elsewhere.
Cheerleaders provide NFL fans a way to look at something whenever there is a dull moment in the game. They also help keep the crowd excited and pumped during the game. Cheerleaders also lighten the mood and motivate the players and fans alike.
We’ve looked at some of the best NFL cheerleaders who are both hot and attractive. There are many amazing cheerleaders, and each one is really good or genuinely great. We can’t feature them all and will miss out on some great names across the league.
Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders are a group of 27 female cheerleaders represent the Arizona Cardinals organization. Up until 1990, the cheerleading squad was owned and operated by an outside company. They were formerly known as the Phoenix Cardinals Cheerleaders but changed the name when the team changed theirs to Arizona Cardinals.
Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders are one of the larger cheerleading squads in the NFL, with 42 current members – three of which are male and 39 of which are female. They debuted in 1969 and were called ‘The Falconettes’ then.
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders
The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders are one of the largest cheerleading squads in the NFL. It currently consists of 33 female cheerleaders and 19 male stunt performers. Former Olympic cheerleader Tina Galdieri directs the squad. The team also has a promotional squad called the Baltimore Ravens’ Playmakers.
The Buffalo Jills suspended operations in 2014, just a few days after the lawsuit was first filed in New York State Supreme Court.
Known as the TopCats, the Carolina Panthers’ cheerleading squad currently consists of 30 NFL cheerleaders – three of which are male and 27 of which are female. In 2021, the team welcomed the first three male members to join the TopCats – Melvin Sutton, Chris Crawford, and Tre’ Booker.
Chicago Honey Bears
In 1985, Virginia McCaskey and the Chicago Bears decided not to renew the contract of the team’s football cheerleaders, the Honey Bears.
Known as the Cincinnati Ben-Gals, the Bengals’ cheerleading squad currently consists of 30 female cheerleaders. The team was established in 1968 when the Bengals were part of the American Football League. They also have a Junior Ben-Gals squad of cheerleaders 5-18 years old.
Cleveland Browns Cheerleaders
The Cleveland Browns have unofficially tried having a cheerleader squad over the decades, the last time being in 1971.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
When you think of NFL cheerleaders, the Dallas Cowboys are the first team to come to mind. They revolutionized how NFL cheerleaders looked, acted, and presented themselves. Currently, the Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleaders consist of 36 female cheerleaders. They’re the most popular due to their reality show, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders
The Denver Broncos’ Cheerleaders are a group of 26 female cheerleaders that represent the Denver Broncos organization. Until 1985, the group was known by several names – including the Bronkettes, Bronco Belles, and Pony Express. After a seven-year hiatus, the team brought the squad back in 1993 as the Denver Broncos’ Cheerleaders.
Detroit Lions Cheerleaders
The Detroit Lions’ Cheerleaders are a group of 30 female cheerleaders who represent the Detroit Lions. The squad was formed initially in 1963 but disbanded in 1974. In 2016, the organization decided to add an official cheerleading squad for the first time in 42 years.
Green Bay Packers Cheerleaders
Their cheerleading squad was disbanded in 1988 by former player and Head Coach Forrest Gregg, citing them as a distraction to the players’ and fans’ focus on the actual football game.
Houston Texans Cheerleaders
The Houston Texans’ Cheerleaders are a group of 30 female cheerleaders that represent the Houston Texans’ organization. They were initially formed in 2002 during the team’s inaugural season in the NFL. Lauri Flynn, wife of Matt Schaub, is a former Texans’ cheerleader. Schaub was the team’s quarterback between 2007 and 2013.
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders
The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders are a group of 26 female cheerleaders that represent the Indianapolis Colts organization. The team was originally established in 1954 and was the first NFL cheerleading squad ever. The squad’s annual Audition Showcase takes place at Decatur Central High School.
Known as the Jacksonville ROAR – and previously, Roar of the Jaguars – the Jaguars’ cheerleading squad currently consists of 32 NFL cheerleaders. The team was formed in 1995, the same year the Jaguars joined the NFL. The team produces a yearly swimsuit calendar and performs at all home games in TIAA Bank Field.
Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders
The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders are a group of 34 coed cheerleaders – the squad currently consists of 33 females and one male. The team was one of the first to utilize male cheerleaders, has a 25-member Chiefs Rumble squad that acts as a drumline, and has five flag runners.
Las Vegas Raiderettes
The Las Vegas Raiderettes are a group of 30 female cheerleaders that represent the Las Vegas Raiders’ organization. They’ve held the ‘Raiderettes’ name since 1961 when the team was in Oakland – and even when they relocated to Los Angeles. The current coach is Mandy Voecks, and they’ve had numerous notable cheerleaders through the years.
Los Angeles Charger Girls
Los Angeles Charger Girls was the National Football League cheerleading squad representing the National Football League team Los Angeles Chargers. The cheerleading squad was disbanded in 2021.
Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders
The Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders are a group of 32 coed cheerleaders – the team currently consists of 28 females and 4 males. As of 2020, there were nine rookie cheerleaders added to the squad. They were established in 1974 and were initially known as the Embraceable Ewes, but that name was last used in 1994.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are a group of 24 female cheerleaders that represent the Miami Dolphins organization. Between 1978 and 1983, the squad was known as the Dolphins Starbrites and Dolphins Dolls. Several notable cheerleaders have worn teal and orange over the years.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders
The Minnesota Vikings’ Cheerleaders are a group of 25 female cheerleaders that represent the Vikings’ organization. The squad also hosts a Junior Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders team with different age groups. The original crew was formed in 1984 after decades of allowing local high schools to perform at all home games.
New England Patriots Cheerleaders
The New England Patriots Cheerleaders are a group of 33 coed cheerleaders representing the New England Patriots organization. The squad consists of 30 female cheerleaders and three male cheerleaders. They were originally established in 1971 and once traveled to China to help train dancers for the upcoming Olympics.
New Orleans Saints Cheer Krewe
Known as the Saints Cheer Krewe, the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad consists of 47 cheerleaders – 11 of which are male and 36 of which are female. They’re one of the largest cheerleading squads in the NFL. Before 2021, the squad was known as the Saintsations. Despite being a famous name, the team changed it ahead of the 2021 season.
New York Giants Cheerleaders
The Giants do things very old school. They don’t have cheerleaders; half-time shows are generally local high schools. They try to be first-class organizations, and cheerleaders don’t fit that model.
New York Jets Flight Crew
Known as the Jets’ Flight Crew, the New York Jets’ cheerleading squad currently consists of 24 female cheerleaders. They were initially known as the Jets Flag Crew when they were formed in 2006 but were quickly rebranded to the Flight Crew in 2007. They have 11 rookie cheerleaders during the 2021-22 season.
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders are a group of 31 coed cheerleaders representing the Philadelphia Eagles organization. They debuted in 1948 as the Eaglettes but weren’t an official cheerleading squad then. They were also known as the Liberty Belles in the 1970s before settling on their generic name.
The Pittsburgh Steelerettes were a cheerleading squad in the National Football League, serving as the cheerleaders for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1960s. The crew eventually disbanded, and the Steelers are among the few NFL teams that do not have cheerleaders.
San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush
Known as the Gold Rush, the San Francisco 49ers’ cheerleading squad runs 32 deep – all females. They were previously known as The Niner Nuggets; the 49ers’ cheerleading squad dates back over 40 years and used to be revered as the only singing cheerleading squad. While that’s no longer true, they’re still prevalent among cheerleaders today.
Known as the Seahawks Dancers, the Seattle Seahawks cheerleading squad currently consists of 25 coed cheerleaders and dancers – five males and 20 females. They used to be known as the Sea Gals and were established in 1976, but they were rebranded in 2019 to align with the sport’s evolution.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders are a group of 27 coed cheerleaders – the squad currently consists of 22 females and five males. They debuted in 1978 during the team’s inaugural season in the NFL. The squad was formerly known as the SquashBucklers, but that name hasn’t been used since 1999.
Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders are a group of 28 coed cheerleaders – the squad currently consists of nine male and 19 female cheerleaders. They were established in 1975 and known as the Derrick Dolls, but they changed their name when the team relocated to Tennessee.
Washington Command Force
When you flip on an NFL game, the chances of seeing NFL cheerleaders on the screen within the next five minutes are highly likely. The cameras cut to them just about every commercial break and between plays. If you like football, then you have to like cheerleaders.
With that said, seven NFL teams don’t have a cheerleading squad. Those seven teams are the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, and Los Angeles Chargers.