What You Didn’t Know About NFL Cheerleaders

What You Didn’t Know About NFL Cheerleaders

By Jessica Kim - July 25, 2018

As amazing as the NFL players themselves are, no game would be the same without the cheerleaders. The woman put up another show and they train just as hard as the football players. The cheer, jump, flip and dance, it’s no easy task. They’ve become a staple of every football game and even have national championships for their sport.



They Have Careers Outside Of Cheerleading



The NFL cheerleading squads have got themselves some software engineers, aerospace engineers, accounts, physical therapists and a Harvard grad student.  There are more than 300 cheerleaders from the NFL and NBA that are pursing careers through STEM, an organization that challenges stereotypes on scientists, engineers and cheerleaders.


Male Cheerleaders Have Recently Been Added



Who decided that cheerleading would be for women only? Men have always been a part of college squads, however only in 2018 where men added to NFL cheerleading. Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Person are two trained dancers from California who went through a tough audition process, and they now bring so much energy to the field.


Cheerleaders Only Appeared In The 1960s



Although the NFL started out in the 1920’s, it was only in 1960’s that cheerleaders started appearing on the sidelines.  The first team to be formed was the Baltimore Colts, now known as the Indianapolis Clots. Other teams started to understand that incorporating women would help promote their team, and the fans loved it.



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