NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 9

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 9 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 9

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 9.  More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 7

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 7 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Los Angeles Rams
Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 7

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 7.  Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 3

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 3 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins
Tennessee Titans
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts
Kansas City Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 1

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 1 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts
Arizona Cardinals
Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers

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Kansas City Cheerleaders Photos From Preseason

The Kansas City Chiefs have posted a gallery of images of their cheerleaders from preseason.  Click on the image below to view the images.

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Congratulations 2016 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders

Veterans Alexis, Sarah, and Megan. Alexis and Sarah were on the team last year, but Megan is back after a year off.

Veterans Alexis, Sarah, and Megan. Alexis and Sarah were on the team last year, but Megan is back after a year off.

Woohoo! Auditions are over and the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders have been selected. This year’s team of 33 includes 21 veterans. Can’t wait to see you on the field in a few months, ladies. Click here to see who made the team.

2016 KCCC Audition Coverage:
Video: Chiefs Cheerleader Auditions – Day 1
Video: Chiefs Cheerleader Auditions – Day 2
Video: Chiefs Cheerleader Auditions – Day 3
Photo Gallery: 2016 Chiefs Cheer Auditions Behind the Scenes
Photo Gallery: 2016 Cheerleader Candidates
Photo Gallery: 2016 Cheerleader Finalists
Photo Gallery: 2016 Chiefs Cheer Audition Finals

2016 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders Announced!

Meet the 2016 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders!  Click on the image below to see the new squad.

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Kansas City Cheerleaders Auditions

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Former Chiefs Cheerleader Has a Spirited Team to Help Her Fight Breast Cancer

By Jeneé Osterheldt
Kansas City Star

It was halftime, and pink and white balloons floated above Arrowhead Stadium, filling the sky with hope.

Regardless of who we were rooting for at this Chiefs game a couple of Sundays ago, we were all clapping for the same cause: breast cancer survivors. The cheerleaders, in their special pink gear, did a routine honoring them. Brandy Reed knows every dip, pop and step of this October tradition. But this year, she did not perform.

The former Chiefs cheerleader was on the field as a survivor. It had only been a month since her last chemotherapy treatment.

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“I cried,” she says later, sitting on the floor with her year-old son in their Northland home. “I know the moves. I’ve performed them in honor of my grandmother, my aunt, my mother. But this year it was an awakening to be on the other side.”

This time of year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we point to the statistics: More then 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But despite her family history, Brandy didn’t think she’d be here. Not at 31.

“My mom has been cancer-free for nine years,” Brandy says. “I was in college when she was diagnosed. I was nervous and scared and young. I was focused on her being healthy because my dad passed from lung cancer when I was 15. I didn’t want to lose another parent. I know it sounds naive, but I didn’t think about how it would affect my health. If anything, I thought maybe it’s a chance when I’m older. But not now, not as a healthy and vibrant new mom. I thought I was invincible.”

Through it all, not only have her husband, her mother and other relatives stood by her side, but her cheer sisters as well. They are pros at rooting for their team. And they defy every catty, dumb-girl image.

“I love what the girls stand for,” Brandy says. “Intelligence, hard work, balance, fitness, education. We are not a stereotype. We have careers off the field. And we have camaraderie. Those women molded me into the woman I am today.”

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Outside of my actual family, the girls were my rocks. They came to sit with me at chemo, they sent texts, they cried with with me.

Brandy joined the team in 2010 and cheered for three seasons.

“I cheered in high school. I danced in college. When I moved here after I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, I didn’t have any friends or family. I’m from St. Louis. But I loved dancing so I went out to join the Chiefs cheerleaders. I auditioned twice before I finally made it. On my third try, I made the team and lifelong friends.”

A couple of seasons ago, she took some time off the field to focus on her wedding. And when she was ready to go back in uniform, she found out she was pregnant. Her new strategy: After the birth of her baby boy she would gear up for a comeback.

Her goal to once again rock Arrowhead was halted in January.

When their son Jaxson was 4 months old, she returned to her job as a life scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency. While pumping milk in the lactation room of her Lenexa office, she noticed something. A lump.

She thought it was nothing — maybe something related to breast feeding. But she went to see her doctor anyway. Because of her family history, she was sent to a specialist. A biopsy found the cyst to be benign. But there was something on her right breast. An ultrasound confirmed she was stage zero DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). Abnormal cells in the lining of the milk duct. Non-invasive cancer.

“In that situation, it was the best possible news,” Brandy says. “I thought they were going to tell me I was dying.”

The answer, in her case: a bilateral mastectomy. She would have her breasts removed in March. Her cheer sisters wore pink on surgery day and posted pictures to support her.

“I wasn’t scared,” she says. “The hardest part was knowing I couldn’t lift my son for eight weeks. But we defined the problem, we found a solution and I was ready to get to the finish line if it meant helping increase the chances of seeing my son graduate from college one day.”

It wasn’t that simple. Post-surgery, results showed a small tumor just outside of her milk ducts. The cancer had metastasized. She was now stage one. The new move: chemotherapy.

“I was more scared of chemo than I was of the surgery,” she says. “But I made a promise to my husband. I told him I would never give up, and I needed to honor my husband. And I had a wonderful childhood and have an awesome relationship with my mother. I knew I needed to be here for my son.”

In April, she began weekly chemo treatments. To help protect her chances of future pregnancy, she was given medication that temporarily sent her into menopause. The process was grueling.

Her husband, Jarron Reed, says it was a lesson in faith and perseverance.

“She kept it strong and balanced, and it inspired me,” he says. “I know she is going to continue to fight, and God has everything under control. It wasn’t a challenge. It made me a better husband. I knew I was going to do whatever I could do to be there for my family.”

Her football family rallied behind her, too.

“Outside of my actual family, the girls were my rocks,” she says. “They came to sit with me at chemo, they sent texts, they cried with with me. Every week on treatment day I heard from them. And they made sure my birthday was special when I didn’t want to celebrate.”

But she reminded herself to enjoy every moment.

“I took so many pictures and went out and saw friends and spent time with my husband,” she says. “I wanted to make as many memories as possible and have pictures with Jaxson. No one is promised tomorrow. I don’t want to live with those regrets.”

And at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in September, days after her final chemo treatment and just as she was celebrating her son’s first birthday, the cheerleaders were there in full support. Brandy, her husband and their baby walked the 5K. Friends, family and cheerleaders roared with support as she crossed the finish line at Worlds of Fun. I handed her a rose.

But it’s not always pink balloons and smiling in the face of adversity. Yes, she’s cancer-free and thankful. But it’s been a hard year. She went through menopause. Even now, she has hot flashes. So much so that when she turns on the fan, her 1-year-old asks, “Hot?”

For the next 10 years, she will be on Tamoxifen to help prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. Anxiety comes with every headache, pain and pinch. It’s impossible to watch TV without seeing a cancer treatment commercial. She sometimes wonders, “Is it back?”

But she doesn’t let it keep her down for long. A lesson she learned as a Chiefs cheerleader always helps her stand up again.

“We learned that there are two things you can do in life,” Brandy says. “You can turn negatives into a positive or you can go up in flames. My director used to ask us, ‘If there is a picture of a sunset and there is trash in the background, are you going to look at the beautiful sun or the trash? You look at the sun.’

“I’ve been on a mental battle. I fight it every day. It’s not easy to stay positive, to not think about the worst possible scenario. But it’s not about my plan. It’s God’s plan. And you work hard to stay positive. When you know better, you do better.”

Stephanie Judah, the Chiefs’ cheerleaders director, is the woman who taught Brandy that mantra she holds so dearly.

“Brandy has always been known for her vivacious personality and her giant smile,” Stephanie says. “Everything she did on her team, it was with her huge heart shining through, and her impact touched people everywhere she went. Watching her go through her battle, what had to be the hardest thing she ever went through, with grace and spirit and her huge smile — it’s amazing.

“Even though she’s told me she didn’t feel like herself, to us she never lost the spirit of who she is. And I think that is a big part of being a survivor, never giving up that battle with all of your heart and soul. She is a special one.”

Next spring Brandy will participate in Bra Couture KC (formerly known as Art Bra KC) as the Chiefs representative to raise breast cancer awareness.

“She was a great model on the field, and as an alum and survivor, she is still a great role model,” Stephanie says. “She has brought a whole new meaning to who we strive to be. It’s been an eye-opener for my current cheerleaders. Breast cancer hits at all ages, not just older people and not even just women.”

For Brandy, it’s about encouraging people to be vigilant about their health.

“I’m still the old Brandy. But I am forever changed. And it’s important to share my story. It’s important to raise awareness for people who are like me, who might think they are invincible. It’s important to teach young girls to do self-checks, to get follow-up exams when they think something is wrong. It’s therapeutic to talk about it. It allows me to face it.”

For inspiration, she looks to Robin Roberts, the “Good Morning America” co-anchor who beat breast cancer.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it,” Brandy says. “But Robin Roberts says that day will come. I look forward to it.”

Pom-poms in the air for Brandy.

Former Chiefs Cheerleader Overcomes Breast Cancer for Son

Brandy Reed began wearing pink as a supporter, but now she wears it as a survivor

By Nicole Feyh
KCChiefs.com

If it was ever a choice before, Brandy Reed never saw it as one.

“I had to fight because my baby deserves a mommy.”

After all, breastfeeding her son, Jaxson, was the reason she discovered the lump in the first place. He’s also the reason she never takes a moment with him for granted.

Brandy underwent a bilateral mastectomy on March 5 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February, when her son was only four months old.

The procedure was grueling, especially for a new wife and mother who imagined her life heading in any other direction than this.

And for the next eight weeks, Brandy couldn’t so much as lift her arms, let alone hold her own child.

“I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t take care of my son,” Brandy said, “but I literally couldn’t. I had treatments on Thursdays and by Saturday, all I could do was sleep and eat.”

Through the help of her and her husband’s family, Brandy began the road to recovery, starting with a surgery that left her bedridden. She would undergo 16 treatments total in two rounds of chemotherapy over the next four months.

“My first four treatments were pretty tough,” Brandy recalled. “They kind of knocked me on my butt. I’m a very energetic person, so for me to be down in the dumps was difficult.”

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Inspired by the life she created, Brandy began the road to recovery.

Her treatments ended in early September, one week before Jaxson turned 1.

“There are so many times in the day where I stop and think that six months ago I didn’t think I’d be here,” she said. “Time is just invaluable to me. I want to make an effort to connect with my friends, make those memories with my family.

“Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I know it’s so cliché to say, but when you’ve literally had your life flash before your eyes, you take things one day at a time and you appreciate people and situations in your life so much more.”

But before she was a survivor, Brandy’s life had already been deeply affected by cancer.

Brandy grew up in St. Louis and began dancing around the age of 4 with tap and ballet. Dance became her first love, especially through the passing of her father to lung cancer when she was 15.

Six years later, when she was in college, her mother would be diagnosed with breast cancer, adding to the list of women in her family with the disease.

“When my mom was diagnosed, the fear of having [breast cancer] kind of flashed in my mind and my thoughts,” she remembers. “But I was so focused on her getting healthy and me not losing another parent to this disease that I didn’t linger on it for long. I thought about it but I just couldn’t focus on me.”

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Chiefs cheerleaders hard at work for Friday’s home debut

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by Chris Oberholtz
KCTV 5
August 17, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –

The Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders have been working hard for months, gearing up for the first home preseason game.

And after practicing for hours, multiple days a week, they’re ready to take the field Friday at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We cheer really long games, it is multiple hours,” cheerleading coach Stephanie Judah said. “So, to be able to physically do it, they have to train like an athlete.”

chiefs rehearsalThe 33 women who make up the Chiefs cheerleading squad have been training like athletes every week since auditioning back in March.

“We have practice for 4 hours, twice a week and games on Sunday,” said Chiefs cheerleader, Hannah. “Outside of that, we have personal trainers. So they’ve given us our own individualized plans we follow on our off days.”

Outside of the training and practices, these women also have full-time careers.

“I have nurses, I have teachers, we’ve had lawyers before,” Judah said. “When you have a job, when you have a full-time student schedule on top of practices and appearances, you have to learn to be organized, learn how to be responsible, but also, learn to be the best you can.”

It is a balancing act for most of the women, who say the hectic lifestyle pays off when their boots hit the turf on game days.

“My favorite thing is interacting with the fans on Sunday their energy is so high it feels like a family, you feel like you’re home and it’s so cool to be a part of something so major in this city,” Hannah said.

For these women, it is not just about connecting with fans on the field but creating a lasting impression in the community.

“The main role of being a cheerleader is being a role model for young girls, women of all ages,” Hannah said.

You can see the Chiefs’ cheerleaders in action on Friday when the Chiefs take on the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. You can also watch the game on KCTV5.

Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders Return to St. Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for 2015-2016 Swimsuit Calendar Photoshoot

The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders are revisiting Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for their 2015-2016 swimsuit calendar photoshoot, April 9-14, 2015.  This is the first time that the organization has returned to a destination for their annual destination photoshoot.

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The resort’s 85-acre landscape and mile-long beach will offer stunning shoot locations as home base for the squad as they capture the south coast beauty from sunrise to sunset. They’ll also visit the attractions that make Saint Lucia an award-winning destination from the seeing the World Heritage Pitons from a catamaran to Pigeon Island National Park.

“We are honored to be the first resort and first destination the Chiefs Cheerleaders have chosen to visit twice.  We look forward to welcoming them again.  They are wonderful ambassadors for the team and we know our guests will enjoy spending time with them as they enjoy the best our island and our resort has to offer,” says Mark Adams, President and CEO of Coconut Bay. “Our guests will have several opportunities to mingle, get autographs and photos with the squad during the course of their visit.”

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Coconut Bay’s varied amenities and family-friendly activities will be the center of the action as the Chiefs Cheerleaders pose for the camera and have some fun behind the scenes. The squad will take to the ocean in kayaks and on stand-up paddleboards. The adults-only Harmony Pool, one of five at the resort, the oceanfront spa, waterfalls and sundecks will serve as the perfect backdrops for sunrise photoshoots and unwinding later. The squad will also have some good old fashioned fun as they enjoy many resort offerings from horseback riding and Segway tours to tubing around the Lazy River and twisting down the slides in the CocoLand Waterpark, Saint Lucia’s largest.

KC Chiefs Cheerleaders pool (2)Fans can get a sneak peek of the photo shoot and the Chiefs Cheerleaders’ Saint Lucia experience by following @ChiefsCheer and @_CoconutBay on Twitter, Kansas City Chiefs and Coconut Bay on Facebook.