It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. No, not the holiday season, it’s the period of those final weeks of preseason where every NFL fan is scrambling to get his or her fantasy team in order, while brimming with hope that this year will be a big one for his or her beloved team. Most of us will have our hopes dashed and decimated by injury, misfortune or worst of all, the cold, hard truth that our team sucks. But for 25 of the 32 teams in the league, no matter how bad they are, they will always have their cheerleaders to motivate them. We took a little tour of some preseason games to showcase what you can expect to see on the sidelines this year.
There are seven teams that do not have cheerleading squads. They are: New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dallas Cowboys have had cheerleaders since the league started in 1960.
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The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders have a 40-member squad.
Actress Teri Hatcher used to be a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders used to be known as the SwashBucklers.
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The Chiefs cheerleaders, as they are now known, were called the Chiefettes up until 1993.
The Oakland Raiderettes are also known as Football’s Fabulous Females.
Rams! Rams! Rams!
The Rams will be roared on once again by their squad.
It’s Game Time!
Pom-poms up and ready to go!