When Super Bowl XLV arrives in Dallas, don’t expect to see cheerleaders in short skirts ruffling their pom poms for the players. A little know fact is that neither the Packers nor the Steelers have an official cheerleading squad. In the past, sometimes cheerleaders from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay or St. Norbert College take to the sidelines for the Packers, but only at home games during the season, since the Packers haven’t had cheerleaders since 1988.
Why no cheerleaders you ask? Apparently the fans didn’t care one way or the other. Pittsburgh once had cheerleaders known as the Steelerettes, made up up ladies from Robert Morris Junior College. They lined the sidelines from 1961 to 1970 until Robert Morris and the Rooney family decided enough was enough. Instead the team’s mascot Steely McBeam may be roaming the field. Did you know? The Packers and Steelers are two of six teams in the NFL without cheerleaders, the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears also don’t have cheerleaders.