The fact that NFL cheerleaders exist is pretty absurd when you think about it. I mean, I know the whole point is to titillate. Sex sells. I get that. What I don’t get is what, exactly, sex sells in this particular case.
Does it sell football? Because I think people are already sold on football. Does it sell calendars? Sure, it sells some calendars. But the proceeds from that are a drop in the bucket compared to the money they make on merchandise, ticket sales, and broadcast rights. Have marketing researchers discovered some subconscious link between sexual arousal and buying $11 beers? Is that what it is?
Of course, at the end of the day, we don’t have to understand the economic or psychological reasons for the existence of NFL cheerleaders to appreciate them. And that’s what today’s list of NFL cheerleader GIFs is all about—appreciating them. Plain and simple.
This Washington cheerleader isn't shy...not that you'd expect any NFL cheerleaders to be shy.
33. Ready for Her Closeup
Reminds me of the scene at the end of Mean Girls where Amanda Seyfried becomes a weather reporter.
32. Minor Adjustment
The Texans were only founded in 2002, but in just 12 years their cheerleaders have become one of the league's elite squads.
Of course, Texans fans would probably trade that distinction for a Vince Lombardi trophy.
31. Criss Cross will make ya...
I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of these ladies got whiplash from snapping their necks like that.
30. Arizona Head Flip
I can't be 100% sure, but if I had to guess I'd say the first thing they teach you at cheerleader school is how to shake your chest from side to side.
29. Like a Polaroid Picture
The only thing better than a gorgeous cheerleader is a gorgeous cheerleader willing to sacrifice her beautiful locks for a worthy cause.
RGIII may be the most breakable quarterback in football, but at least Washington fans have this going for them.
27. Another from Washington
Ziplining over the stadium? Now that's commitment to the team.
26. Death Defying
The Dolphins cheerleaders like to make music videos while shooting their annual calendar in exotic tropical locations. This GIF is from one of those videos.
25. Spashy Spalshy
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow will keep the New England Patriots cheerleaders from doing their thing.
24. Dancing in the Rain
It's just like Sesame Street, only with more butts.
23. Counting Is Fun!
I'm not sure what's going on here, but I like the red boots.
22. Texans Cheerleaders Dance Party?
You can keep your Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. I'll take the Dolphins cheerleaders any day of the week. And I'm not even a Dolphins fan.
21. Go Dolphins!
The Saints cheerleaders are called the Saintsations. So I didn't just make that "Saintsational" pun up all by myself. FYI.
At the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, apparently. Who knew?
19. Where Waldo?
Not even the Dolphins' creepy mascot could keep me from enjoying this GIF.
18. Two Girls, One Mascot
Okay, now I think the creepy Dolphin is maybe taking too much of the attention for himself.
17. Now Just One Girl, One Mascot
In photography and videography, the rule of thumb is always shoot people from above because it minimizes weird shadows and double chins. However, that's only for regular people. When you're this hot, the camera angle just doesn't matter.
16. Camera Loves Her
The Broncos always put a respectable cheerleading squad on the field.
15. Mile High Club
Remember when I said the Dolphins cheerleaders like to make music videos?