|Final Auditions Day 1 of 57 Finalist. Photo Courtesy: +Denver Broncos (AP)|
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders have them potential squad cut down to 57 Finalist
They also might need a second job.
"We want beautiful women out there representing the team, but they have to be intelligent," said Teresa Shear, the Broncos' director of cheerleaders and game entertainment, as dozens of women clad in blue and orange practiced dance steps and twirls nearby. "They interact with the fans and represent the team."
Before the 56 finalists can make the team, they must undergo background checks, interview with team officials and take a test on their football knowledge.
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NFL teams won't discuss how much cheerleaders earn, but the low pay has become a controversy. Online petitions seek to raise the wages, noting the millions of dollars players and team executives earn.
Stephanie Anderson of Niwot was trying out for the fourth time. Her sister Brittany made it last year.
"I've been dancing since I was 2," said Stephanie, who also teaches dance. "It's in my blood."
|Karmen Nyberg of Sioux Falls, S.D., warms up with the other competitors |
during tryouts for the Denver Broncos cheerleading squad Sunday.
(AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
"Being from Tampa, my favorite games were always the +Denver Broncos and the +Tampa Bay Buccaneers," she said.
Toni Gabrielli moved to Denver from Minneapolis two years ago as she made the squad, and within a week also had a job as a career counselor at the University of Denver (+Denver Pioneers)
"Fate kind of worked things out," she said.
The finals are next Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
|Laura Casper of Lake Forest, Illinois applies mascara during tryouts for the 2014-2015 Denver Broncos cheerleaders. More than 100 women showed up and 57 finalists were selected for the 26 spots on the team at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, March 30. (Photo By Aaron Ontiveroz/ +The Denver Post |
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After all, the Raiders Cheeleaders look far better and entertaining on that field than the Raiders themselves.