What We Now Know About NFL Cheerleaders
Being an NFL Cheerleader is no easy task. It has recently come to light how strict some of the rules can be for these young ladies. For example, some teams require that their cheerleaders deactivate their social media accounts. Some teams place restrictions on types of photos and videos allowed on social media. Some teams subject their cheerleaders to regular weigh-ins and require they do not wear sweatpants in public. Along with those types of restrictions, NFL cheerleaders are also prohibited from fraternizing with NFL players.
From the cheerleaders’ perspectives, there are a few things to keep in mind. These women are dancing in minimal clothing, sometimes deep into the winter months. Obviously, in places like Philadelphia, New York, New England, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Green Bay (just to name a few) it can be frigid in December and January. Some NFL cheerleaders are barely paid minimum wage for gamedays and other appearances. Most of them hold down full-time jobs or are in school full time on top of their role as NFL cheerleaders.
A someone who has been through part of the audition process, these coaches are very critical and selective of who they choose for their teams. These ladies deserve immense amounts of credit for what they do and deserve respect.
Remember Hugh Douglas?
Hugh Douglas was a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998-2002 and then again for one year when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl in 2004/5. Through his 9 year career, he spent time with the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars as well. He was selected to three Pro Bowls and was a two-time first-team All-Pro. Hugh Douglas ranks #4 on the Eagles all-time sack list behind Reggie White, Trent Cole, and Clyde Simmons.
Currently, Douglas works for a radio station in Atlanta, 92.9 The Game.
Hugh’s Most Recent Comments On The Show
Yesterday morning, Hugh Douglas made some questionable remarks while discussing NFL cheerleaders, referring to the young ladies who attend tryouts as “strippers” as opposed to “dancers”. Douglas was explaining that NFL cheerleading tryouts give “strippers” a chance to chase their dreams. Hugh Douglas later back-tracked and insisted that he misspoke, intending to say “dancers”.
The Reality Of Hugh’s Comments
I am not sure what the context was of this conversation, however, regardless of the context, these comments are inappropriate. Hugh responded to several notes about his comments on Twitter, claiming that he misspoke. Not only did he make these comments, he then followed up by retweeting tweets suggesting to “go down and get the rejects” from the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading tryouts. Douglas has since deleted all of the tweets regarding this situation.
As a female and a dancer, I find these comments from a former Eagle disappointing. Just because a young woman pursues dancing does not mean she is a stripper and does not give anyone the right to assume that fact.
In this current era of proactive movements toward equality, especially when football players are using their voices to advocate for equality, comments like this should not be tolerated.
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All Photos are screenshots of Hugh Douglas’s Twitter.
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