Retro Advocate: The Time 14 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Quit The Squad

Retro Advocate: The Time 14 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Quit The Squad

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When the Dallas Cowboys hit the field on Sunday, there will be no fans in the stadium for the first time in history.

However, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will still perform at home games. The squad is prohibited by NFL rules from performing on the sidelines, but they will do their thing on the “touchdown decks”, between the end zones and the stands.

“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” has been on the air for 12 seasons, and the show has its own channel on Pluto TV. There must be 9,000 episodes, which means you’ve probably seen 9,001. It is mesmerizing!

Listen, there are 54 players on an NFL roster. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are 34, which makes being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader more elite than being a Dallas Cowboys player.

These women are also highly trained athletes. They have to dance flawlessly, touch their shins to their noses in a line kick with a split jump, look absolutely perfect from tooth to toe, be very photogenic and maintain an impossibly low body fat to wear the uniform. It’s a very competitive job – this year, 1,500 people tried out in a virtual audition.

In addition, they are held to a code of conduct in their personal lives, unlike the NFL players, who were allowed to cool their friend and still play on Sunday. It’s amazing that the players make millions of dollars while the cheerleaders are paid $12 an hour and $400 per game.

When Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989, he fired Tom Landry. It’s a wonder the team isn’t cursed more, eh?

Jones also switches to the cheer staff. Director Suzanne Mitchell, “who replaced a squad of high school bobby-soxers with a thinly veiled chorus line that became a global choreographic brand,” resigned.

America’s Sweethearts heard rumors that Jones wanted their squad to appear in alcohol commercials, somehow making the uniforms even skimpier and – clutches pearls – allowing fraternization between the players and the cheerleaders.

None of that happened, but 14 veterans left the squad that season. Check out this WFAA story from 2017 that includes an interview with one of the women who resigned that year.

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