We’ll be the first ones to say that there’s something slightly creepy about grown women being cheerleaders. It’s a little bit like grown women wanting to be princesses–yes, we’re talking to you, Bridezillas–like indulging a girlhood fantasy way past its sell-by date.
That said, cheerleading, at least the face of it, has changed a lot since we were kids. Cheerleading squads, especially in professional sports, have become increasingly more diverse. In the NFL, it’s rare these days to see an all-white squad, and about one-third of the teams have at least one Asian cheerleader. (My Cowboys, however, do not. Boo, Jerry Jones. Boo.) And because football and cheerleading are national birthrights, this is progress. It’s like people are finally starting to see that Asian is American, too.
To celebrate this change, we present to you our Top 5 NFL Cheerleader Draft Picks (click on their names to see more photos and full bios):
“I love any type of curry, whether it’s Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese or Indian.”
Favorite books? “Anything by Haruki Murakami.”
Holds a degree in Economics from Rikkyo University (Japan).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Decided to become an NFL cheerleader in 1994, when she attended a preseason game in San Diego as an exchange student from Japan.
San Diego Chargers
Immigrated to Southern California from Taiwan at the age of 7.
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