With training camp having just begun, it’s clear that football season is nigh. NFL cheerleading uniforms have come a long way since the olden days. Now, they are sexy and sleek while allowing the cheerleaders to shake it in complicated dance routines. However, all uniforms are not created equally. It’s easy to bedazzle a sports bra and some hot pants and call it a uniform. But the best uniforms say something about the team and the culture of the city that they represent. Here is a list of the best cheerleader uniforms in the NFL.
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No. 7: Carolina Panthers
The bright aqua and black uniforms of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders ensure that these girls will be noticed even from the cheap seats. Mirroring the colors of the fierce logo, these uniforms are young, fun and noticeable. As a bonus for choreographers, these uniforms are loud enough that the audience will notice the synchronicity and intricacy of each move.
No. 6: San Diego Chargers
The team from sunny So Cal could easily be made to look like Gidget, but they aren’t. Instead, they are decked out in blue and gold, mirroring the ocean vistas that make their city memorable. These outfits are sexy without being off-putting, and they move well during dance routines. Gold pom-poms are the perfect accessory for the Southern California sun.
No. 5: Cincinnati Bengals
It’s hard to pull off tiger stripes without evoking images of a cereal box, but these uniforms have just the right amount of rawr. The cute, blinged-out skirts scream cheerleading, without coming across as school girlish. The Bengals cheerleaders also have half sleeves or half gloves, which is interesting and unique in the world of NFL cheerleaders.
No. 4: Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders conjure up images of the St. Pauli girl, rather than a hot viking maiden, but that’s okay, because the outfit is cuter. Paying homage to the German and Scandinavian roots of the area, these uniforms are frilly and fun. They also look great during dance routines and personal appearances.
No. 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With its tropical climate and proximity to the Caribbean, it’s fitting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders are dressed like pirates. With the skull and crossbones on their belts, their pirate-style go-go boots and eyelet style necklines, these outfits are creative without being kitschy.
No 2: Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos fans bleed orange, so it’s no coincidence that this is the most prominent color in the Denver Broncos cheerleaders uniforms. However, the iconic chaps, cowboy boots and fringed leather vests are what makes these uniforms stand out. Paying homage to the state’s Western heritage without looking like a ho-down, these are easily some of the most distinctive uniforms in the NFL.
No. 1: New York Jets Flight Crew
Edging out the home team for number one is the New York Jets Flight Crew. While the team may not always be memorable, the cheerleaders certainly are. With iconic wings and tuxedo vest-like embellishments, these uniforms evoke everything that used to be glamorous about air travel. Since New York is one of the busiest hubs in the world, it’s only fitting that the Flight Crew represent it.