While players are the main attraction on the field, it’s the cheerleaders who own the sidelines.
Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, 26 of them have their own cheerleader squads. Apart from entertaining fans, many squads perform for the United States Armed Forces, and are actively involved with their communities.
Many of them have completed or are attending university during their tenures as NFL cheerleaders. In fact, some even go on to have successful careers in the media. cheerleading has always been a popular element of professional football, since the Baltimore Colts became the first NFL team to have cheerleaders in 1954.
Super Bowl XLV featured two teams, the Packers and the Steelers that do not have cheerleaders. For most teams cheerleaders help generate more airtime and boost their media image. But cheerleaders have their biggest impact in the stands, pumping up fans, and encouraging them to rally behind their team.
Here are the Top 10 Hottest Cheerleading Squads in the NFL.
Honorable Mention: The other 16 cheerleading squads.
Lets face it, they’re all hot. Unfortunately, we can only choose 10.
10. Miami Dolphins Squad
In 2012 the Dolphins cheerleaders made a video cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song Call Me Maybe during the shoot for their annual Swimsuit Calendar. The video was so popular it’s earned almost 20 million views on YouTube. Dolphins’ cheerleaders are some of the most recognizable among the NFL’s cheerleading squads and are active in many outreach events. The squad makes regular USO trips, and also participates in many charity activities. They are so popular that they’re the only cheerleading squad to have links to their Twitter and Facebook pages on the front of their team’s website.
9. Washington Redskins Squad
RG3 might be the Redskins’ new hope, but the fans in Washington have had plenty to keep them happy long before his arrival. Originally known as the Redskinettes the Redskin Cheerleaders are the longest-running cheerleading team in the NFL. Back in the early 1960s they wore native themed outfits but subsequently changed their look to a more traditional and crowd pleasing one. They’ve also performed around the world, promoting U.S. commercial products in Asia along with several USO tours in Turkey, Italy and Spain.
8. Philadelphia Eagles Squad
The Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders are the only squad in the NFL who have a mature content warning on their homepage. The squad debuted as the Eaglettes in 1948, and then became the Liberty Belles in the 70s until finally sticking with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. They were also the only NFL cheerleading squad to perform at the amFar Inspirational Gala in New York. The Eagles cheerleaders also have exclusive uniforms designed by renowned fashion designer Vera Wang.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Squad
The Buccaneers Cheerleaders were originally known as the SwashBucklers until they, along with the Buccaneers organization, went through a complete transformation in 1999. This included a change from the old Creamsicle-colored outfits to the more satisfying ones we’re used to. Like other cheerleading squads in the NFL, the Buccaneers Cheerleaders are often invited to serve as ambassadors for the NFL on various military tours overseas. Apart from their work overseas, the Buccaneers Cheerleaders are also heavily active in their community, making time for approximately 300 community appearances every year.
6. New England Patriots Squad
The Patriots’ cheerleading squad was formed back in 1977 and has been entertaining fans in Foxborough ever since. In 2008 the squad went over to China and helped train Chinese dancers for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games; they are the only NFL cheerleader squad to have had the privilege to do so. They are involved in a number of community outreach programs, including a new program, “Cheers for our Heroes,” that recognizes deserving local military personnel. Like many squads in the NFL, the Patriots Cheerleaders release an annual swimsuit calendar yearly, for all to enjoy.
5. Denver Broncos Squad
Bronco’ fans are going to need all the cheer they can get after that heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLVIII. Luckily their cheerleading squad isn’t going anywhere, so they’ve still got lots to smile about. The squad originally formed back in 1971 but disbanded nine years later after two members posed for Playboy, eventually returning in 1993. The group tours various military bases in places like Egypt, Cuba, Iraq, Italy and Hawaii. Like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the Broncos Cheerleaders keep an online blog, and in 2012 dedicated more than 1,500 hours of civic involvement among 100 local organizations.
4. Atlanta Falcons Squads
Falcons cheerleaders have had to get fans through some rough times since they debuted in the 1960s as the “Falconettes.” After a disappointing 2013 season in which the team went 4-12 the Falcons cheerleaders were a lonely bright spot in the Georgia Dome. Like other squads, they make numerous appearances at local events around Atlanta, and are heavily involved in the community. Coordinator Chato Hendrix said the Falcons Cheerleaders have had “great team spirit over the years, weather the team is doing bad or great.”
3. Houston Texans Squad
The Texans have only been around for 12 years but their cheerleaders are among the most popular in the league. Texans Cheerleaders are some of the best in the NFL when it comes to interacting with their fans. According to “The Blonde Side” columnist Jayme Lamm, Texans Cheerleaders are “second to none when it comes to fan interaction.” In 2011 the squad held a “Birds and Birdies” Golf Tournament. That same year they held a HTC All Stars Group just before a game against the Panthers, where cheerleaders from all around Houston performed at the “Happy Holidays Show.”
2. Oakland Raiders Squad
Raiders fans haven’t had that much to cheer about for what seems to be a very long, long time. Yet their fans are some of the most passionate in the league, and their cheerleading squad gives fans plenty to be happy about. The Raiderettes have been around since 1961 and have been entertaining scores of Raiders fans for more than five decades. Their iconic uniforms, as well as their thrilling performances have made them one of the most famous and recognizable squads in the league.
1. Dallas Cowboys Squad
The Cowboys’ cheerleaders actually started as a co-ed group called the CowBelles & Beaux. Lucky for us the males were removed from the cheerleader roster by 1969 and the end result was the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders we’re all accustomed to. “America’s Team” enjoyed great success during the 70s and 90s, and as the team’s popularity grew so did the squad’s. They’ve been featured on many popular TV programs such as “The Love Boat,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” The squad is so popular that they produce their own reality TV Series, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” which first aired in 2006 and is still going strong.