NFL Regular Season Week 3 – The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

Week 3 of the NFL season saw the return of Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz who had been out of action since injuring his knee against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 of the 2017 season.  That was certainly good news for Philly fans, who witnessed a tightly contested game against the Indianapolis Colts.  The hometown Eagles prevailed 20 – 16 on a fourth quarter TD run by Wendell Smallwood. 

With the game heroics out of the way, let’s take look at the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders who cheered their team on to victory in the wet weather at the Linc.  Click here to view the Eagles game day gallery.

Look who showed up in Philly…Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. 

NFL Regular Season Week 1 – The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

The regular season of the NFL is finally here and the Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the season with an exciting fourth quarter come from behind victory over the visiting Atlanta Falcons.  We begin our regular season coverage with a look at the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders.  Click here to view a small gallery of images…if there are any Eagles management reading this, I would be more than happy to come out and photograph the cheerleaders and put up a large gallery of images of the cheerleaders…they are that spectacular and deserve more publicity.

NFL Preseason Week 4 – The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

In Week 4 of the NFL Preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the New York Jets in a battle of teams that wear Kelly green…or some version thereof.  Sorry folks, that’s all I got…its Week 4 of the preseason and I doubt Grantland Rice could do better than this.  Well, I do have a few photos of the amazing Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and that’s worth making a trek out to the Linc.  Click here to view a gallery from the game.

NFL Preseason Week 1 – The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

NFL Preseason Week 1 saw the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle for Pennsylvania bragging rights…if you can say winning a preseason game give you bagging rights.  Well the Steelers prevailed, but in my mind the Eagles were the winners because they have cheerleaders!  Click here to see the Eagles gallery of cheerleader images from the game.

The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders at the NFL Experience in Times Square

In preparation for Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders made an appearance at the NFL Experience in Times Square on Saturday.  Here are a few images from the event.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from the Divisional Round

The Philadelphia Eagles have posted a gallery of cheerleader images from the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.  Click here to view the images.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from Week 12

The Philadelphia Eagles have posted a gallery of cheerleader images from Week 12.  Click here to view the gallery.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from Week 5

The Philadelphia Eagles have uploaded a gallery of cheerleader images from week 5. Click here to view the gallery.

 

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from Week 3

The Philadelphia Eagles have uploaded a gallery of cheerleader images from week 3.  Click here to view the gallery.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from Preseason Week 3

The Philadelphia Eagles have uploaded a gallery of cheerleader images from preseason week 3.  Click here to view the gallery.

 

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos from Preseason Week 2

The Philadelphia Eagles have uploaded a gallery of cheerleader images from preseason week 2.  Click here to view the gallery.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Photos From Preseason

The Philadelphia Eagles have posted a gallery of their cheerleaders from their final preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.  Click here to view their gallery.

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And click here to view their gallery from their first preseason game.

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Frankly My Dear, Billie O’Hara Goes Like the Wind to Build UFL Cheerleading

Billie surrounded by her Florida Tuskers Cheerleaders after the last home game

Billie surrounded by her Florida Tuskers Cheerleaders and mascot after the last home game


In April 2010, it seems like Billie O’Hara was given a Herculean task.  Billie was named Cheer and Dance Development Director for the new UFL; not just for a team, the entire league!  Billie had the responsibility to establish five complete cheerleading squads, in cities stretching from California to Connecticut.  They all needed their own budgets, directors, auditions, more than two dozen dancers per squad, choreography, uniforms, and more.  Plus, Billie had the task of establishing the UFL’s dance team procedure manual.  Oh yeah, and have that all ready by the 2010 fall season, thank you very much.  And if you have attended UFL games in person or viewed them on Versus and HDNet, you will see those squads not only came to being, but that they have the look, performance, and field presence of squads that have existed for years.


But wait, there’s more!  Oversight over an entire league not enough for you?  Well, Billie is also Director of the UFL’s Florida Tusker Cheerleaders, the franchise that call Orlando’s Citrus Bowl home.  This includes creation and development of her own new squad, including organizing and conducting auditions, final team selection, serving as team choreographer, and overseeing practice and game presentations.  Whew!  So Billie has all the work of high level management of the entire league’s cheerleaders, and the daily hands-on responsibilities of a brand new squad.  How did Billie pull it off?  Did she find a little local Harry Potter magic or some of Tinkerbell’s pixie dust?  We interviewed Billie as the UFL season wound down to learn her formula for UFL success with both speed and quality.


Billie is a native Floridian, originally from Jacksonville, and has been dancing from nearly the beginning.  “I started dancing at the age of three and never stopped.  It’s all I know!” recalls Billie.  Billie’s dance development hit its stride when she began participating in competitive events.


I wondered if she was ever nervous about these public performances, and Billie remembers, “My first dance competition, I was twelve years old, and I was competing for Miss Petite Dance of Florida.  Forty-seven girls were entered into the competition, so it was a long night!  I was very nervous!  I knew I had a great jazz routine, but I was nervous about my costume.  I was the only contestant with spray painted silver jazz shoes!  I kept telling my dance teacher and my mother, ‘I’m going to lose because I have alien and outer space shoes on.’  They tried to reassure me, but it didn’t work well!  They announced the top ten, then got down to #1 and #2.  All I could think about was the shoes, and I was staring at them as they announced the second place winner. But it wasn’t my name that was called, and I was in shock, looked out into the crowd, and mouthed to my mom, ‘They liked my space shoes.’ I had won the competition. My mom told me afterward, ‘It wasn’t your space shoes they like; it was you and your talent!’ I’ll never forget it! I still have the dance on video.”


“That was the beginning of many competitions to come,” Billie added, “I never wore silver shoes after that ever again and I rarely get nervous win it comes to competing.  I love to compete!”


Billie’s dance training continued at several prestigious dance schools, including the Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood, and the Douglas Anderson School of the Performing Arts, where she was accepted into the All-American College Program at Walt Disney World.  Billie has also served on the faculty of the Dance Conservatory of Orlando and Academy of Performing Arts.

Billie (lower right) during 1995-1996 Orlando Magic Dancer season

Billie (lower right) during 1995-1996 Orlando Magic Dancer season (courtesy of Jeanine Klem-Thomas)


Billie’s excursion into pro sports dance included being an Orlando Magic Dancer for four years, and also on the squad for the AFL Orlando Predators.  Eventually, Billie moved into managing the Predators dance squad, the Prowlers.  Her Predators connection is especially strong because Billie’s husband, Pat O’Hara, is their current head coach, and was previously the Predators quarterback, playing for coach Jay Gruden.  Together, with Pat as QB and Jay as head coach, the Orlando AFL team won two ArenaBowl titles.


“It’s a Small World” in Orlando’s football and dance communities, so the stars aligned for the UFL and Billie to coalesce.   Fast forward to 2010, and Jay Gruden is now Head Coach of the UFL’s Orlando franchise, the Florida Tuskers.  The dominoes started to fall when Gruden called Billie with an idea last March.  “I originally went in to interview for the Director position for the Florida Tuskers Cheerleaders with no expectations beyond that.  Jay Gruden asked me if I would be interested, and if I could meet with Brian Melekian, Team Business Director of the UFL.  I said of course! I was thrilled to meet with Mr.Melekian.”


“The interview went very well, and long,” Billie recalls, smiling, “He asked me back for a second interview to sit down with Bill Peterson, the Chief Operating Officer of the league a week later. I had to prepare budgets, proposals, timelines, visionary ideas and concepts, et cetera. About an hour after that meeting, I received a phone call that not only would they like to hire me for the position of the Florida Tuskers Cheerleaders’ Director but also the UFL Cheer and Dance Development Director. I was honored and more than excited to accept.”

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2009-10 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

Bios and uniform shots now online. Go check ’em out!

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Eagles Cheerleaders Heading to the Middle East

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Cheerleaders Heading To Iraq
PhiladelphiaEagles.com
June 25, 2009

On July 1, 2009, six Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders will depart for Iraq and Kuwait as part of a 12-day goodwill military tour. This marks the second consecutive year that Eagles Cheerleaders will travel to the Middle East to visit US military servicemen and women. The tour is designed to entertain and boost the morale of the soldiers, many of whom are serving lengthy tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait.

The cheerleaders will be performing variety shows at the bases in addition to meet-and-greets and autograph sessions. The cheerleaders will truly get a sense of the soldiers’ sacrifice as they fly in Black Hawk helicopters, sleep in the barracks and endure the severe climate.

Amanda Bedford, a fourth-year member of the squad, will be one of the six current cheerleaders making the trip.

“I’m going to Iraq and Kuwait not only to boost the morale of our brave soldiers and show my support, but also for more personal reasons,” she said. “I have friends and family currently serving our country in the military, as well as family members who have given their lives to protect our freedom. This tour is my small contribution to those who have sacrificed so much for us.”

Joining Bedford will be Krystle Campbell of Media, PA, Tiffany Monroe of Absecon, NJ, Janelle Stangl of Bethlehem, PA, Alexandra Stephan of Shamong, NJ, and Priscilla Williams of Pennsauken, NJ.

The new cheerleaders embarking on the 2009 tour are looking forward to the visit in part because of the experiences that the cheerleaders had during last year’s tour. Rachel Washburn, who was part of the 2008 tour said, “It was a life-changing experience. It was an opportunity for me to express my appreciation and thank them in person for the sacrifices they are making to protect us and people throughout the world. They are so courageous!”

In addition to traveling to Iraq and Kuwait, the Eagles Cheerleaders have also traveled previously to Bosnia and Kosovo for goodwill military tours. The Eagles Cheerleaders are very active in making appearances at military bases and veterans hospitals in PA, NJ, and DE. Most recently, they appeared at the Walk for the Wounded in Delaware County, a fundraiser for injured soldiers, and at a welcome home celebration at Sovereign Bank Arena for 1,600 members of the Army National Guard that just returned home from Iraq.

“These outstanding NFL cheerleaders will have a tremendous impact on the military personnel serving our country. All of the participants have expressed their passion for our troops overseas and are looking forward to a successful tour and once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says David Chavez, President of Pro Sports MVP.