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NFL Comes to London: The Cheerleader's Story
October 21, 2011 14:50 BST
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders perform at Wembley in 2009. "Hundreds of girls try out and you have to be in the top 3% to make it in the squad"
" After they get into the squad, it takes hours of practice almost every day in order to get the NFL dancing routines down. It gets worse when they have to dance in the freezing cold, especially in the northern States."
Don't feel too bad for them. Some of them get out of cheerleading and find that a bunch of opportunities await them because of their NFL cheerleading elite status
Teri Hatcher from Desperate Housewives was a San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader once and look where she is now
NFL Cheerleaders are not allowed to "fraternize" with the players. That means no flirting, no personal relationships, no personal "friendships", or anything that might imply a relationship outside of the professional realm of the NFL.
Outside of the dances, they also have to show up for charity events, make guest appearances, do photo shoots, and sometimes even travel overseas to entertain our very own US military troops to keep their morale hig
How much do cheerleaders get paid in the NFL? The answer to that question is $15 to $50 a game. There are even times when they don't get paid at all.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, poses with the San Francisco 49er cheerleaders before last year's game.
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