There is a saying that goes something like, “behind every great man is a great woman.” Well, behind 22 great, muscle-bound, strapping men who have proven themselves to be the best of the best to reach the Super Bowl, we need not forget the cheerleaders who step out ahead of them on the frontlines, pushing them on to the big finish. They brave the heat, cold, rain and any other element of weather to cheer their men to the top. With jumps, kicks, flips, spins, twirls and more, these ladies have taken every measure to make sure every aspect of their “football gear” is completely adequate and intact for the challenges they have to face on the field.
Over the years cheerleading uniforms have gone from knee-length skirts and oversized sweatshirts, to skirts barely covering the “essentials” (with splits included) and tummy bearing, push-up style halters. Just like the men on the field having to make sure they are physically fit to run that ball, tackle the opponent and do those infamous touchdown dances, these ladies need to make sure every ounce of them is in shape to show off toned abs, arms and legs. After all, those barely-there uniforms will show every “hiccup” that makeup and cameras can’t hide.
Usually adorned with sequins, belts, studs, stars, stripes and eagles, over the last 40+ years, some cheerleading team uniforms have changed dramatically. All except the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and the Oakland Raiderettes, the former being the first to step out of the gate with their provocative wear.
The only other elements that have not changed too much over the years are the style of boots (usually white, mid-calf length) and the size of the pom-poms.
Let’s hear it for the ladies and cheer them on as they step out and do their thing!