Here are your 2022 Detroit Lions cheerleaders consisting of 10 rookies, 7 veterans

DETROIT – One is an ER nurse. Another helps the newborn. One is a primary school teacher and the other is a project coordinator. They are also the leaders of the professional NFL. After a thorough and rigorous audition process, we present the 2022 Detroit Lions Cheerleaders.

This year’s team is the first to be selected in person since 2019. The last two auditions took place on Zoom due to COVID. You can see bios and photos of the entire team in the gallery above or by clicking here.

Typically, more than 100 prospective team members try out each season to become a Lions Leader. The treatment lasts several days and consists of a choreographed dance and an interview process, both in front of the judges.

After it was all said and done, Lions Cheerleaders, Rebecca Smoker and the judges gave the good news to the 17 ladies. 10 of them are new to the team.

“We are very happy to have a large number of rookies this year,” Smoker told MLive. “Part of it is the COVID-19 because we’ve had a number of personnel changes and we’ve had different candidates who have been in the mix for a long time and some who have been waiting to retire because of the COVID-19. It’s kind of one of the transition, but I don’t mind the change because it is a very demanding job. We love all our students, but sometimes they are ready to move on to the next phase of their lives.”

In addition to performing in front of tens of thousands of fans in nine regular season home games and one preseason game, the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders also make regular public appearances. Coach Smoker said it’s all about finding the right people who can balance their careers with NFL motivation.

“We really work hard to hire well-rounded candidates. That includes having people with skills or finishing college or high school. People who are really into their business. That is very important because we make hundreds of public appearances and do community service every year and it just helps the ambassador aspect of our work. So, we are really hiring professional ambassadors.”

Behind the scenes, the women are training every day. Coach Smoker said the team has nutritionists and practices several days a week, each member of the team doing strength and conditioning.

“The sad part about gameday is that they’re out there for eight hours on the field. There’s a lot of chants and moves and responsibilities that they have as a game. A lot of people don’t even know they’re running a lot so they have to be athletes. well trained, not only in practice, but alone.”

The longest serving member of the team is Micah, a fifth grade teacher who is currently in her sixth season on the team. She said with many players on the team this season, she tries to both lead by example and be a mentor.

“I’m captain this year so it’s a lot of responsibility, but I try to lead by example the best I can,” Micah told MLive. “I’m always open to answer questions. I’ve gone through every experience, every mistake, so I try to help them as much as possible.”

First-year cheerleader Anna, a therapeutic technician and dance teacher, says one of the hardest things she’s had to learn is how to balance being part of the team with her job.

“It was a dream come true,” Anna enthusiastically told MLive. “I wanted this. It’s been a lot of new goals for years. This was a bucket list thing basically and it took a while to settle into being on a professional team. The doctors are great at helping us with the schedule. , prioritizing things and balancing our lives because everyone has one or two jobs.”

The 2022 Detroit Lions Cheerleaders have already been out in the community and some fans have met them at training camp. You can see them in action for the first time in the Lions preseason game on Friday, August 12 against Atlanta.

The team plays three full games at each home game. One during pre-game, the second at the end of the first quarter and the last one at the end of the third quarter. Team members are also active on the sidelines during games and are all on the field and outside for two hours before each game.

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