Super Bowl Images – Eagles and Patriots Cheerleaders in Action

The Super Bowl has come and gone, but here are a few game day action shots from The Eagle.

Super Bowl Game Day With the Eagles and Patriots Cheerleaders

What an amazing Super Bowl…well, all except for Justin Timberlake’s half time performance.  The game was as exciting as they come…one for the ages and will be certainly memorable for years to come.  So let’s take a look at how the run up to game day turned out for the Eagles and Patriots Cheerleaders.

Denver Broncos Cheerleaders in Mexico City

The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders are in Mexico City to promote the NFL and the Super Bowl.  Here are a few photos from their trip.

NFL Cheerleaders Tour U.S. Military Bases During Super Bowl Week – Part 2

Super Bowl Week is here in full force and select NFL cheerleaders are spanning the globe to provide some needed cheer to our military troops stationed overseas.  Here are some more photos from their adventures abroad.

Eagles and Patriots Cheerleaders During Super Bowl Week

The big game is only a couple days away, but the Eagles and Patriots Cheerleaders have been out and about in Minnesota at all the related Super Bowl Week events.

NFL Cheerleaders Tour U.S. Military Bases During Super Bowl Week

Armed Forces Entertainment and Pro Tour Productions have joined forces to bring a little cheer to our servicemen and servicewomen who are stationed abroad during Super Bowl Week.  Armed Forces Entertainment is the official Department of Defense agency providing entertainment to deployed military personnel, reaching more than 400,000 personnel at 200 military installations around the world.  ProTour Productions is an entertainment company that produces high level, high-energy entertainment to venues and military bases all over the world.

Let’s take look at a few photos from their visits.

We will check back in a few days to see their big day performances.

 

Super Bowl 2018: Cheerleaders for New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles Set to Add Glamour to NFL Showpiece

, TheSun.co.uk

Being an NFL cheerleader is one of the most glamorous jobs in the world and they, like players, aspire to perform at the Super Bowl.

The best two teams in the NFL this season are set to go head to head in the Super Bowl on February 4 in Minneapolis.

But the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are not the only squads making the journey to Minnesota for the glittering season finale.

Both the Patriots cheerleaders and their Eagles counterparts will make the trip of a lifetime to perform in front of the watching world.

Like NFL players, cheerleaders dream of performing at the Super Bowl and are even nominated for the Pro Bowl – the exhibition game between the league’s best players.

Read the rest of the article here.

 

SI.com: Super Bowl LI Cheerleaders

Sports Illustrated has posted a gallery of cheerleader images from the Super Bowl.  Click here to view the gallery.

The Final Batch of Super Week Photos From Social Media

The Super Bowl  has come and gone and it was one for the ages…if you are a Patriots fan.  Here is one final look at Super Bowl week from the various social media outlets.

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The Latest Super Week Photos From Social Media

Super Bowl week has arrived in full force in Houston with many, many related events going on.  Here are the latest batch of photos from Super Bowl week.

 

Today’s Round Up of Super Bowl Photos From Social Media

The Super Bowl is being played in Houston, Texas this coming Sunday and as you can imagine, there are a myriad of activities surrounding the event.  As the host team, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders are making the rounds and they have posted many, many photos from their appearances.  Over the course of Super Bowl week, we will be featuring many of their social media offerings.

 

The Chive: 50 Years of Super Bowl Cheerleaders

TheChive.com, the entertainment media website, had posted earlier in the year a retrospective of 50 years of Super Bowl Cheerleaders.  Let’s take a look at how professional cheerleading has evolved over the years.

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Check out the rest of the photos here.

This N.J. native is performing at Super Bowl 50

Siobhan Campbell-Martin, a Trenton, N.J. native, will be cheering for the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleading squad at Super Bowl 50. (Goodstuff Creative)

Siobhan Campbell-Martin, a Trenton, N.J. native, will be cheering for the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleading squad at Super Bowl 50. (Goodstuff Creative)

Kevin Shea | For NJ.com
January 31, 2016

TRENTON — When the dance team at Trenton Catholic Academy turned into the cheerleading squad several years ago, Siobhan Campbell was named one of its leaders.

But the teenager, who had been training as a dancer for years, was too intimidated to be called a cheerleader, and quit the squad.

She later tried out for the dance teams at two colleges she attended, but did not make the cut. It looked she would never don a cheer uniform again, she said.

With a lift from God, the Trenton native says, she’s now a three-year veteran of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders – the TopCats – and will be cheering at Super Bowl 50 next Sunday in California.

And she’s one of the captains.

“I give all the glory to God. He did all of this,” she said.

She is now Siobhan Campbell-Martin, a newlywed, and says persistence and some dance training in New York also played a role in her ascent to the TopCats squad.

The 25-year-old was even named cheerleader of the week in Sports Illustrated in 2014.

She has a message to anyone growing up in the city: “I am proud to say that I am from Trenton. Look at me now.”

NFL cheerleaders do not normally travel to away games, so Campbell-Martin said the Super Bowl is extra special to her squad because they will get to meet and cheer alongside the Denver Broncos cheerleaders.

And then there’s the halftime show. “I am a huge Beyoncé fan,” she said.

Although the TopCats will not be performing at the halftime show – which also includes Coldplay and Bruno Mars – Campbell-Martin said she will be watching up close.

Campbell-Martin said her route to cheering professionally started as a kid at the Hammond-Phelps Centre For Dance on Maple Avenue.

“That was where my love of dance was established,” she said.

She also played basketball, West Ward baseball and even shot a few rounds with the Trenton Junior Golf program.

“But I pretty much stuck with dance,” she said.

When she quit the high school squad, she remembers her coach Cassidy Manning’s words: “She told me she believed in me and I never forgot that.”

Siobhan.jpgSiobhan Campbell-Martin cheers with the Carolina Panthers TopCats squad during a game. (Goodstuff Creative)

Siobhan.jpgSiobhan Campbell-Martin cheers with the Carolina Panthers TopCats squad during a game. (Goodstuff Creative)

College brought her to the Carolinas, first to Winston-Salem State University, then Appalachian State University.

“I kind of felt like I was running from dance,” she said of her time at Winston-Salem.

She had an undeclared major and was trying new things to pursue. God was humbling her, she said.

Needing a new start, she transferred to Appalachian. She still did not make their dance team, but she majored in dance and minored in business, and the summer before her senior year, she returned to Trenton.

That summer, Campbell-Martin enrolled in a dance program in New York City and felt back on track.

“That is pretty much where it started again,” she said. She got come callbacks for dancing, including one from Disney.

“But the one thing I didn’t see coming was cheerleading for the Panthers,” she said.

She took a class at college, though, taught by a TopCats coach, where she earned a first round bye to the tryouts.

“She saw something in me that I didn’t see,” Campbell-Martin said. “I knew from there I would keep accelerating, keep moving forward and go with it.”

“And now I am in my third year, I am now a captain and we’re going to the Super Bowl.”

Off the field, she’s works as a project coordinator at Genera Solutions in Charlotte. Her parents still live in Trenton, as do her siblings, she said.

She sees herself as a role model to anyone like her growing up in the city. “I just want encourage people in Trenton, wherever they are in their development, to keep at it.”

North Bergen resident dances in Super Bowl halftime show

by Art Schwartz
Hudson Reporter
February 23, 2014

More than 110 million viewers saw this year’s Super Bowl, making it the most watched television event in U.S. history. That means a lot of people saw 22-year-old North Bergen resident Ashley Marie Gonzalez, whether they know it or not.

“We were chosen to be a part of the Super Bowl halftime show,” said Gonzalez, who used to cheer at North Bergen High School and is now part of a dance team based in New York. “It was a great experience. We met a lot of people, we did a lot of events in New York and New Jersey, meeting players, doing signings.”

Ashley was on the field performing with some of her fellow Gotham City Cheerleaders. “We were on the platform on the left side of the stage, which was right where Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were performing,” she said. “Bruno Mars requested a group of girls who were dancers and were pretty. He wanted us dressed a certain way. We were there for the whole show. It was an amazing feeling to be there in front of thousands of people.”

The Gotham City Cheerleaders

“We’re based out of New York and we are the first dance team to cheer for the New York Giants,” said Gonzalez about the Gotham City Cheerleaders.

The three-year-old cheerleading team is not officially affiliated with the Giants, she explained. “We’re not signed by them but we do support them, we go to every home game and do tailgates and do promos. It’s a lot of fun.”

“The New York Giants are a traditional football team so they never had cheerleaders,” continued Gonzalez. “They’re one of six teams that didn’t have an official cheerleading team. My director, Ana [DeVillegas], she was a Redskins cheerleader and she lives in New York and it was her and a New Jersey Jets cheerleader, they founded it and built it. Every year it has grown and progressed. We have so many fans. We do a lot of charity events and gigs all over the city.”

“Since we’re not officially signed by the Giants we don’t get to perform on the field,” she said. “I can’t be on that field… but I was on the field for the Super Bowl!”

Cheering in North Bergen

Gonzalez has a strong background in her craft. “I’m 22 and I went to North Bergen High School,” she said. “I cheered all my years of high school and graduated in 2009. I grew up with my dad being my coach. I was a competitive gymnast so a lot of my experience comes from my background.” That experience included dancing during halftime shows for the Jets.

Moving to Florida to attend Miami International University, she auditioned for the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. “I danced for a semi-pro team in Florida, the West Palm Beach Makos,” she said. “I did a year with them, and then after college I moved back up here to New Jersey.”

“Every spring is when the NBA and NFL teams audition and I auditioned for several teams,” she continued. “And being as how I didn’t make certain teams I was freaking out as a dancer; what am I going to do? I Googled the Giants and found out about the Gotham City Cheerleaders and I auditioned and I made them. That was last May when I auditioned and I signed the contract from June to March.”

A bit of clarification is necessary here. “We are known as cheerleaders but in the professional world we don’t cheer as in lift each other and jump and tumble or stunt,” said Gonzalez. “We don’t shout cheers. As a professional cheerleader you’re more of a dancer. When you audition for a team they look for your dance background. They like a gymnastics background and I have that.”

“We’re actually dancing to music as opposed to cheerleading,” she explained. “We have choreographed routines and we have our pompoms. I get asked that all the time, even when we’re at promos they ask us to cheer and we tell them we don’t cheer but if you play music we’ll dance to it.”

The Super Bowl

When the Super Bowl gig came up, the coach and director of the team, Ana DeVillegas, selected about 20 cheerleaders to participate.

“It wasn’t my whole team that was part of the Super Bowl,” said Gonzalez. “My team itself, there’s about 25 of us, but my coach and my captain went to Japan in December and did an audition for Japanese girls who wanted to come dance in New York City. Whoever made the auditions was chosen to come out for Super Bowl week and they performed with us at our events. Most of those girls were the ones chosen for the Super Bowl, and a few of the girls who were already on the team. I was glad to be one of them. It was an even better feeling being one of the chosen girls.”

Onstage they were part of a much larger group selected to dance to the music. “There were over 900 of us as part of the halftime show so we weren’t dancing like our team performing. It wasn’t choreographed but we have these dances that we do, we call them snippets, just short little dance moves that we do as a team making us look in sync,” she said. “It was hard and there wasn’t much space for us since we were crammed on that stage. There wasn’t room to move the way we wanted to. But it was a lot of fun.”

Next (dance) steps

“Next I am going to prepare for a different audition,” said Gonzalez. “My contract is still going until March 15 so once that comes I’m free to go. I like to be a part of different teams because you learn different styles of dance from different coaches and different directors.”

“Right now is the down time until the next football season,” she said, “and I don’t want to not be dancing so I was just Googling and I found this team based out of Long Island, the Long Island Lizards, professional lacrosse, they have a professional dance team and they are a spring/summer team so I’m hopefully becoming a part of their team.”

“The best thing that could happen is definitely being part of a pro team where I am performing on the field for an entire season. That’s where I’m trying to get,” said Gonzalez. “What I’m trying to do right now is build my dancer resume.”

Monroe’s Jessica Irwin talks about life as a Sea Gal

By Polly Keary, Editor
Monroe Monitor
February 18, 2014

When Jessica Irwin first tried out to be a cheerleader, she did it as a gag.

She wasn’t the cheerleader type, she said. She was more the mosh-pit type, wearing the fan shirts of her favorite bands to school, and she considered herself a nerd.

But not only did the Monroe girl make the team, she cheered her way to a position with the Sea Gals. Two weeks ago she cheered at the Super Bowl, then rode in the victory parade that drew 700,000 to downtown Seattle.

It’s been a wild ride, but for the next few weeks she’s taking some time off at home in Monroe. Friday, Irwin took an hour to sit down and talk about all the last few years have brought.
Jessica Irwin of Monroe has been a Sea Gal for four years, and is now a team captain. She started out learning to dance at the age of 6 at Sky Valley Dance, and was a Bearcat cheerleader. Photo courtesy of Jessica Irwin

Becoming a Sea Gal

When Irwin tried out for the Bearcats cheer team as a high school student, she did have one advantage. Despite the fact that her musical tastes ran to hard rock, she had been studying at Sky Valley Dance since she was six.

“My mom just knew,” said Irwin, a friendly and articulate young woman who still seemed a little overwhelmed by all that has happened this football season.

By the time she was 15, she was a dance instructor.

And while she hadn’t taken cheer seriously at first, after doing it for a while, she realized she not only was good at it, she really liked it.

After graduating in 2008, Irwin went to the prestigious Cornish School of the Arts, where she studied dance and art.

Then, in 2010, she tried out for the Sea Gals.

The Sea Gals are believed to be one of the most intensely-trained squads in the NFL, and the audition process to get in certainly suggests it might be true.

“It’s a two-week process,” said Irwin. “It starts with preliminaries, and you turn on whatever music and dance freestyle.”

Of about 250 women, about half are invited to the semi-finals, where they are taught the steps to a dance.

“You come in the next day with it perfected,” she said. “You do it again, and they make the final cut.”

All that week, finalists are interviewed, and then the Friday before the finals, the cheerleaders are taught another dance, plus a kick-line routine, and expected to perfect them, as well as be ready to perform a solo.

“When you go to finals, there are 60 people left, and two at a time, you go up in front of the big lights and you answer a question and do your dance,” said Irwin.

Of the finalists, 33 are selected for the team. Irwin was one of them.

That was in April of 2010. When she learned she’d made the squad, Irwin’s life took a dramatic turn.

Being a Sea Gal

Football season is only four months long; five if the team makes the postseason, but Sea Gals, Irwin learned, train nearly all year long.

“We make the team in April, and then train and train and train,” said Irwin. “We only have two months off.”

Sea Gals only perform at home games, of which there are 10 in the regular season and as many as 13 if the team goes to the playoffs.

But there’s a lot more to being a Sea Gal than performing at games.

Some Sea Gals appear in parades, perform for the military at home and overseas, and participate in NFL cheer events.

They wind up doing radio and television appearances too.

It doesn’t pay a lot, said Irwin, but it comes with some great perks.

“We have sponsorships for hair and nails and tanning,” she said. “And we get season tickets.”

And even though there are rules preventing Sea Gals from fraternizing with Seahawks, they do get to meet the players once in a while.

“I got to go to Vancouver with Richard Sherman, Red Bryant and Doug Baldwin,” Irwin said. “They are just really great guys.”

She allowed that some of the players aren’t always quite as concerned about the anti-fraternization rules as are the cheerleaders.

“Sometimes we have to say, ‘Hey, I really like my job,’” she said with a smile.

It is a very fun job, she went on. But when the Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl, things got very exciting very fast.

Super Bowl

Irwin was made a team captain last year, one of four cheerleaders to oversee a squad. To get ready for the Super Bowl, she had to learn dances to 30 songs in order to be able to teach them to her squad.

“We were given our music on a Tuesday, and we were leaving that Thursday morning,” said Irwin.

They flew out to New Jersey in a chartered plane, and got up at 4:30 a.m., (1:30 in their own time zone) to make the rounds of talk shows.

Irwin and her team mates appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.

Then they headed to the stadium and practiced, where temperatures were very low.

Then it was back to the talk shows, and Irwin was among those who got to go on The Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin.

The following morning they practiced again, then they had few hours off. Irwin also appeared on Fox Sports News.

When the big day arrived, she had a moment in which she was overwhelmed by it all.

“At the Super Bowl I was leading out of our tunnel, and I had a few minutes to look up at the stadium and I’m seeing orange everywhere, and a sea of blue. It was incredibly nerve wracking,” she said. “It was such a big moment. I was realizing, ‘Oh my God, I’m at the Super Bowl.’ And I was trembling on the field. I just couldn’t believe I was there.”

The parade

Three days later, the largest crowd ever to convene in Seattle was converging on the downtown, and Irwin and the Sea Gals were riding in the parade that three-quarters of a million people had come to see.

Irwin was riding in one of the Ducks, a fleet of amphibious vehicles that ferry tourists around the city.

On the hood was Marshawn Lynch.

“He was throwing Skittles, and he was drinking Fireball and banging on a drum,” said Jessica, smiling at the memory. “I couldn’t stop staring at all the people. We were getting pelted with frozen Skittles. It hurt, but it was so cool. It turned into a thing, the Skittles. We threw them too.”

It took three hours to get through the parade, and even though it was freezing cold and she couldn’t feel her feet, she loved every minute of it, she said.


After the season

Jessica will get a few weeks to collect her breath before she has to try out for the team again (all team members have to try out every year, but the Sea Gals already on the team get to start in the finals).

And although there are three women on the team who are 37, meaning Jessica could theoretically be a Sea Gal for another 14 seasons, she said she has other things in mind.

One thing that interests her is radio, and that’s because of an unexpected incident at the start of the season this year.

In the opening game of the season, Richard Sherman made a spectacular interception, then ran it back up the field before barreling off into the sidelines. (See video here)

Gleeful, he started dancing with a cheerleader, and video of it went viral. The cheerleader was Irwin.

“I thought it was a funny moment, but it ended up go