First Cheerleading Squad In NFL Replaced By Men/Women Dance Team
The longest-running group of cheerleaders for an NFL team, founded in 1962, is no more.
The Washington Football Team, formerly known as the Redskins, is replacing their cheerleading squad with a coed dance ensemble. The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots already have men on their cheerleading squads.
On Wednesday, former Laker Girl manager Petra Pope was hired as an adviser for the dance team. She told the Associated Press, “I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse. We just want to follow that mode of being more modern and a more modern franchise. Change is difficult, but I do feel that the fans will love what we bring to the table.”
“My focus is really just reinventing this team,” she added. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”
The Washington cheerleaders were known as the “First Ladies of Football.” The squad had been the subject of reports in prior years involving team employees making inappropriate videos from calendar photo shoots.