To many, NFL cheerleaders add an element of color and excitement to the game that just can’t be fulfilled by watching the men on the field. They’re a fun diversion from the sport on the field.
Sometimes, however, even the best-choreographed cheerleader squads face unexpected difficulties and surprises.
When things don't go quite as planned, there’s a lot of potential entertainment value for fans. In fact, many memorable moments occur thanks to mistakes and unexpected twists of fate.
Keep clicking through to find pictures and video of some of the best recorded cheerleader bloopers in NFL history.
The Green Bay Packers may not have an official cheerleader squad, but they do import talent from nearby universities that occasionally travels with the team.
In 2010, the Packers brought some home-grown talent to Atlanta to perform on the road.
The college-style pyramid might have seemed like a good idea in concept, but the execution could definitely use improvement.
The sideline of an NFL game is not the safest place to be, as one Arizona Cardinals cheerleader found out in December of 2010. As it turns out, she didn't handle the fright as gracefully as her counterpart in Dallas.
It wasn't quite a sideline marriage proposal, but David Nelson of the Buffalo Bills definitely managed to make a romantic gesture to his girlfriend Kelsi Reich...even though Reich was officially on the clock cheering for the Dallas Cowboys at the time.
This may not have been the funniest unplanned moment of the 2011 season, but it was definitely unexpected.
Cheerleading can be a dangerous job, especially on the sidelines of an NFL game. In November of 2011, Dallas cheerleader Melissa Kellerman found herself on the wrong end of Jason Witten's unstoppable momentum.
After the collision, Kellerman is fortunately able to get back to her feet quickly.
Witten, on the other hand, couldn't seem to stay upright during that game. He later collided with a Dallas camera man.
The 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleading squad took their role as the team's prime motivator very seriously. In fact, they even took an opportunity to show the team exactly how a goal line stand should be done.
In September of 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader squad took the field without doing a thorough costume check. The result was a subtle—but X-rated—view for fans.
In September of 2009, the Cincinnati Bengals found themselves on the wrong end of a play that would be dubbed "The Immaculate Deflection."
To add insult to a stunned Bengals team that had just lost the game, photographs later revealed several Bengals cheerleaders who were clearly so enthralled by the action that they forgot which team they were supposed to be rooting for.
Sometimes creating an unexpected experience for fans can take hours of work before the game.
In 2007, the Jacksonville Jaguars cheer squad (the Jacksonville Roar) coordinated with a referee to include him in one of their dance numbers.
The move has been repeated by the squad since then, as another ref joined the cheerleaders in a different dance.
The 2009 Miami Dolphins had some beautiful and talented cheerleaders on their squad, but they weren't always the most coordinated and balanced. Maybe it was the change of their dancing surface from grass to a hard dock?
In September of 2010, the Tennessee Titans brought their hungry mascot to the field, along with a delicious (and beautiful) sacrifice.