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In 1931, the Green Bay Packers were one of the first NFL teams to have cheerleaders perform at their games. The Packers started off using the Green Bay East and West high school’s squads before finding a more professional team of girls. The head coach, Vince Lombardi, wanted to improve the squad but wanted the girls to be “wholesome Midwest girls” because he “did not like real short skirts.” Modesty was key.
Once the team was established, they were known as the “Green Bay Packerettes.” Later, the squad’s name would be changed to the “Golden Girls”, back to the “Packerettes” in 1973 and then to the “Green Bay Sideliners” in 1977. During their reign as professional cheerleaders, the squad would perform a variety of routines, including baton twirling and dance routines.
The Packers Cheerleaders were “very colorful.” The Packerettes had their last season as professional cheerleaders in 1988 due to a poll, done by a local TV station, that showed about half of the viewers opposed having a cheer team. From then on, the Green Bay Packers have had college cheerleaders cheer on the sidelines during games. In May of 2007, the Green Bay Packers Cheerleaders were honored by their beloved team with an induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Today, the Green Bay Packers have the local University of Wisconsin-Green Bay cheerleader squad perform at each home game. Check out a Green Bay Packers football game to watch the Packers Cheerleaders in action!
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