Let’s admit it: a large part of why we watch sports is to spot the beautiful girls who are cheering on the sidelines. Whoever says they’re not interested in watching halftime performances during basketball or football games is definitely in denial. In case you missed it, we previously brought to you the beautiful dancers of the NBA 2018 season and we thought, “Why not give our readers more?” And so we present 15 unforgettable cheerleaders from the NFL!
With 26 of the 32 NFL teams having their own cheerleading team, each with dozens of girls, it was definitely a daunting task to pick our favorites. Not to mention that many have private social media accounts (by choice or sometimes, per the team’s very strict rules). However, like our three-part feature for the NBA dancers, this is only the first installment and despite limitations, you best believe we’ll be giving you as much as we can! But for now, let’s get started, shall we?
1. Alessandra Gironda, Carolina Panthers
Alessandra hails from Southern Pines, North Carolina. A recent graduate from East Carolina University (ECU), this is her rookie year dancing with the TopCats. However, dancing has obviously always been a big part of her life. She was also part of the ECU dance team while studying there. Since graduating in 2017, she has been working as a dance instructor back in her hometown. She teaches a wide variety of dance styles to children of all ages. According to her profile on the Carolina Panthers website, she states that she loves to travel and meet new people. As such, she’s actually been to Italy a total of 14 times. That’s pretty impressive!
2. Alexis Rose, Indianapolis Colts
Alexis Rose graces the Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders with her platinum blonde presence for the third time this year. Her profile on the website lists her hometown as Wabash, Indiana and her alma mater as IBC Indianapolis. She’s also currently working as a paralegal apart from being an NFL cheerleader. Her Instagram profile shows that she’s a health and fitness buff, as many of her stories show her working out and eating really healthy food (that actually look good!). She’s definitely a bright ray of sunshine we’re happy to be seeing at Colts games!
3. Rachael Leigh, Cincinnati Bengals
We’ve got another brunette veteran back for her third year as an NFL cheerleader. Rachael grew up in Buffalo, New York, but attended university at the Ohio State University. Her Instagram profile states that she is pursuing a career in Wealth Management, and she claims on the Ben-Gals website that her greatest accomplishment is obtaining her CFP (Certified Financial Planner). She also says that her future goal is to own her own business. There’s plenty of information on her profile, such as some of her favorites. Check it out!
4. Kellee Adamson, Tennessee Titans
Apart from her first name and confirmed 4-year tenure, Kellee seems to be a bit of a mystery. Not even the Titans cheerleaders’ website gives much information about her – or any of their cheerleaders, for that matter. Her Instagram bio states that she’s Line 2 Captain. Going through her photos tells us that she has a strong passion for what she does, as most of her posts chronicle her life as an NFL cheerleader. She’s also obviously madly in love with her new husband – the couple tied the knot in early 2018.
5. Jessica B., Seattle Seahawks
Jessica is the longest running veteran of our list thus far, now being in her 5th year as an NFL cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks. Apart from her job as a professional sports dancer, she works as an accounting assistant for her company’s accounting department. Her Sea Gals profile provides a lot of interesting information about Jessica, such as her hobbies (boating, DIY crafts, and hiking). She also talks about her favorite experiences inside and outside of being a Sea Gal, favorite quote, and what she does to stay fit. Be sure to check it out!
6. Corinne H., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Corinne is back for her second year as a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When she’s not strutting her stuff on the field, she’s working as a marketing director. She has also started to establish herself as a professional photographer in the Tampa area. She even set up a separate Instagram profile for her professional work, which you can check out here. This beauty always wears her curly hair naturally and no one pulls it off better than she does!
7. Brittany Norris, Atlanta Falcons
This beautiful blonde cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons is Brittany N. from Wake Forest, North Carolina. She’s now on his 4th year with the team, and we certainly hope she keeps coming back! She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication and moved to Atlanta to start her career. Her website profile states that she works full-time in Healthcare Staffing as a Senior Executive Assistant for Medical Doctor Associates. She has a personal blog where she writes about travel, health, and fitness. She’s obviously quite experienced in this regard as she has run 6 half-marathons in 6 different locations.
8. Jenna Lai, Oakland Raiders
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jenna is now in her second year with the Oakland Raiders. Apart from her job as an NFL cheerleader, she currently works in sales for the car company, Tesla. She hopes to further her career in the company by working with their environmental initiatives. Her profile on the Raiderettes website shares that she grew up with a learning disability. Despite this, though, she graduated from San Jose State University and considers this one of her greatest accomplishments.
9. Sydney Jeannine Zmrzel, LA Rams
Sydney is back for her second year with the LA Rams, but her professional dancing career is by no means just beginning. Her personal blog states that she’s been dancing since she was 3 years old and is being represented by a large talent agency. She has competed in several dance competitions and has also been on tours around the world. When it comes to professional sports, she was part of the NBA Legends Dance Team and is now with the NFL. She teaches dance as well, on top of other modeling and acting gigs.
10. Sierra, Oakland Raiders
Sierra is the second Raiderette on this list and like her teammate Jenna, she’s on her second year with the team. Also, like one of our previous beauties on this list, Sierra loves to rock her natural curls. Her Raiderettes website profile reveals that she has an associate’s degree in Women and Gender Studies, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation. Her associate’s degree led her to establish a women’s empowerment organization. Sierra’s experience with beauty pageants also gave her the confidence to try out as an NFL cheerleader. She is currently Miss Queen of Sacramento.
11. Monica, Seattle Seahawks
Our second Sea Gal on the list is Monica, hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii. She’s back for her second year and we couldn’t be happier! Monica graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications. Her Sea Gals profile states that she’s been dancing since she was 6 years old and had training across various disciplines – jazz, tap, ballet, modern, cheerleading, and hip-hop. Her secret to staying fit is, in a nutshell, focusing on overall well-being – from gym workouts to a balanced diet.
12. Heather, Washington Redskins
It looks like we have another long-running veteran, folks. Heather is now in her 5th year as a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. Her tenure has granted her the honor of being captain of ‘The First Ladies of Football’. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and is now a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She says that being an NFL cheerleader allows her to challenge herself both as a dancer and an individual. The Redskins cheerleaders’ website reveals that she’s a bit into extreme sports as her hobbies include boating and “adrenaline pumping adventures. She also wants to try heli-boarding.
13. Brittany Curran, Detroit Lions
Brittany may be a rookie for the Detroit Lions, but not for the NFL. While we can’t be 100% positive with the timeline, it looks like Brittany moved to Tampa Bay after graduating from Michigan State University (with a Human Biology degree) in 2015. While there, she had her rookie year as NFL cheerleader with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Detroit, where she is now in her rookie year with the Lions. Also, she’s a natural blonde but has been rocking brunette locks for 2 and a half years.
14. Marissa, Denver Broncos
Hailing from Broomfield, Colorado, Marissa returned to the Denver Broncos cheerleaders for the third time this year. As a graduate from Texas A&M University, she now works as an Executive Recruiter and Head of Operations. Thankfully, the Broncos website provides plenty of information on their cheerleaders, so we do get to know her a little more. You can check out all of the information on Marissa’s profile, but we’ll give you a bit of a sneak peek here for now. One of the most relatable facts she shares is that her junk food of choice is donuts! She also reveals that her bucket list involves traveling, specifically to Singapore, Thailand, and Bali (Indonesia). However, her dream destination is Fiji.
15. Ali Reza, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of the first things you’ll notice about Ali is that there are angles when she could pass as a doppelganger for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s new wife and the Duchess of Sussex. The Buccaneers cheerleaders’ website doesn’t give much information about their girls, but we know that Ali is a 5th-year veteran this year. She’s also a small business owner. Her Instagram bio, however, also reveals that she’s a camp instructor and “fur mama”, indicating that she’s got pets. She seems to be a fitness buff too as many of her pictures shows her in the middle of a gym workout. Her body shows it, too!
This is just the first installment showing appreciation for our NFL cheerleaders. Stay tuned as we bring your Part 2! In the meantime, feel free to check out more beautiful women on OppaSportsBet!