NFL Cheerleaders 2012: Ladies of the Gridiron

Football season is back, and so are the cheerleaders! While the players are out battling on the gridiron, these lovely ladies are cheering them on from the sidelines, stealing the show.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 10: A cheerleader of the Miami Dolphins performs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL Preseason Game at Sun Life Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins cheerleaders proudly don the stars and stripes for Military Appreciation during an NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Football season is back, and so are the cheerleaders! While the players are out battling on the gridiron, these lovely ladies are cheering them on from the sidelines, stealing the show. Click to see more pictures of this season's NFL cheerleaders in action.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders get a little help from a young fan as they perform during an NFL Football game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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Miami Dolphins cheerleaders get into position during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks.
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The New York Jets cheerleaders passed on the turkey and spent Thanksgiving evening performing on the gridiron.
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The Washington Redskins cheerleaders make themselves at home on the gridiron during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Denver Broncos cheerleaders perform during a break in the quarter as the Broncos host the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game.
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Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform while wearing "salute to service," uniforms before the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders Salute to Service during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders get into the full swing of their routine during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings.
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The New Orleans Saints Saintsations cheerleaders perform in the first half an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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Military personnel line up as cheerleaders from the Minnesota Vikings make their entrance.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders salute the military during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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Tennessee Titans cheerleaders get into character as they perform during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears.
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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders kick off their half-time routine garbed in Halloween costume.
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New Orleans Saints cheerleaders perform during the second half an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders salute the Military before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins.
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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders feel right at home on the gridiron as they perform during a game against the New York Giants.
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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders get into the Halloween spirit during a game against the New York Giants.
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The Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders are clearly a lot tougher than they look.
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A Denver Broncos cheerleader looks on during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints.
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The Carolina Panthers cheerleaders take to the field at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders let their hair down and had a good time as they performed during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The New England Patriots cheerleaders get into the Halloween spirit by donning costumes during an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass.
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The Indianapolis Colts cheerleader wear pink for breast cancer awareness during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.
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Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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The Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders are getting a workout with their giant pompoms as they perform during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints.
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The Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis.
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The San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders give their pompoms a good shake as they perform before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks.
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders are all smiles as they perform during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos.
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The San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders line up before a game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders show the crowd how to have a good time during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders rush onto the gridiron for their grand entrance.
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Minnesota Viking cheerleaders dazzle the crowd during an NFL game against the Tennessee Titans.
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Tennessee Titans cheerleaders look pretty in pink as they perform during the second half of the Titans' NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Carolina Panthers cheerleaders take the field with pink pom-poms to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins take the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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New Orleans Saints cheerleaders don pink breast cancer awareness t-shirts to honor the cause during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers.
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Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders could pass as ballerinas as they do a few twirls during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader gets the crowd revved up during the second half of the Eagles and Baltimore Ravens game.
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Donning pink apparel, the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders "Cheer for a Cure" during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Members of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders have perfected the jump splits.
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Splits? It's a piece of cake for the Buffalo Bills' cheerleaders as they perform during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots.
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The Denver Broncos cheerleaders look like they could be doing the "Y-M-C-A" as they perform during a timeout during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game.
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The Houston Texans cheerleaders get into the groove as they perform before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans.
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Tennessee Titans cheerleaders are all smiles as they perform in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions.
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Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders work the crowd from the sidelines during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns.
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The Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, also known as the Sea Gals, perform before the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks NFL football game.
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The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders can certainly do the can-can.
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Members of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders has the audience seeing stars as they perform in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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The Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders perform during a game between the Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders performs during the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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The Oakland Raiders cheerleaders kick it up a notch during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers.
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Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars Roar Cheerleaders perform at the end of the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Jaguars stole the day, winning 24-14.
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A Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader rides Chiefs' mascot Warpaint during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons.
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Houston Texans cheerleaders perform before the Houston Texans play the Miami Dolphins during the season opener at Reliant Stadium.
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Houston Texans cheerleaders during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Texans beat the Vikings 28-24.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers.
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The Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against Detroit Lions in Baltimore. Fun fact: there is no maximum age limit to be a Ravens cheerleader.
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Members of the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders perform during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The Denver Broncos cheerleaders performs during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. If you're looking for something to brighten your day: the Cheerleaders released their 2013 swimsuit calendar in August.
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A Carolina Panthers Top Cat cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. A group of 24 women, the TopCats represent all regions of the Carolinas and range in age from 21 to 35 years old.
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A St. Louis Rams cheerleader performs during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. The cheerleaders help generate a $10,000 contribution to breast cancer research, one of the top priorities for the Rams Cheerleaders.
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The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform during fan appreciation day at an NFL football training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, show off their dance moves during a performance during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins.
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The Jills were established in 1967.
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Philadelphia Eagles' cheerleaders flip their hair while performing during an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles' cheer squad first appeared in 1948, and were known as the "Eaglettes."
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders perform during an NFL pre-season football game against the Green Bay Packers. This year 29 ladies comprise The Charger Girls dance team.
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Miami Dolphins cheerleaders perform in the rain during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins' cheerleaders began in 1966, and first consisted of 125 girls who were between 8-18 years-old. Each week 48 girls were chosen to perform on the sidelines.
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Carolina Panthers' Topcat cheerleaders are shown during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans. This year 24 women wear the Topcat uniform.
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Oakland Raiders cheerleaders, known as the Raiderettes, perform during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals cheerleaders show off their moves to the crowd during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. The Sea Gals are so popular, you can "rent" a Sea Gal to appear at events.
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San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders, known as "The Gold Rush," line up to take the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in San Francisco. All "Gold Rush" members are either full-time students or college graduates.
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Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders smile as they perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders dance during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader shows off her Eagles spirit during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game.
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Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders celebrate a touchdown during an NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders perform during an NFL preseason game.
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Oakland Raiders cheerleaders liven up the crowd during an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders dance during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the St. Louis Rams.
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Carolina Panthers cheerleaders perform during the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans.
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Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals cheerleaders pump up the crowd before an NFL football preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
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Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders dance during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleader perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game after the game.
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Cheerleaders shake their pom poms during an NFL preseason football game between the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders come onto to the field before an NFL pre-season football game against the Green Bay Packers.
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Buffalo Bills cheerleaders perform against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a preseason NFL football game.
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Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders.
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders jump in a routine during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers.
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders show off their high kicks during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers.
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San Diego Chargers cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers.
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Buffalo Bills cheerleaders whip their hair in a performance during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins.
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Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform before NFL football practice at Cowboys Stadium.
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A San Diego Chargers cheerleader performs during an NFL football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans.
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A St. Louis Rams cheerleader performs during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins.
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Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders dance during a preseason NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
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The Washington Redskins cheerleaders preform during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Landover, Md.
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New Orleans Saints cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The girls were wearing pink breast cancer awareness t-shirts to honor the cause.
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The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders wear pink outfits for breast cancer awareness during the first half of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers.
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New York Jets cheerleaders perform during the second half of the team's game against rival Miami Dolphins.
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