It's about the time again! Most NFL rookies have already reported to training camp and veterans of every team will report within the next few days. Which means the regular season will be here before you know it.
We're just over a week away from kickoff at the annual Hall of Fame game, the first preseason game of the season, in Canton. And since ESPN has really been struggling to fill airtime with baseball news, it really can't come soon enough.
The preseason is the time for rookies to shine. Which is just a nice way of saying it's time for them to "battle each other gladiator style for a few desperate weeks, in hope they will impress someone enough to convince them to cut a veteran (and his salary) in favor of a less experienced, but cheaper, replacement."
That's pretty intense. The preseason will be substantially less intense for rookie NFL cheerleaders, because their battles were all fought last spring and their place on the team is already secured.
Obviously there isn't a prime time draft for cheerleaders—although maybe there should be—so figuring out who to look for this season is a pretty research-intensive task. Lucky for you, I love research.
Over the last two days I've combed the website of every cheerleading squad in the league and put together a list of the 50 hottest rookies to watch in 2013. Although, it seems pertinent to point out that half of them have yet to update their rosters for the upcoming season.
Some just have the bios. Some just have photos. And there are a bunch with absolutely nothing but a group photo or a collective introduction video. It really shouldn't take four months to update a website...
That being said, here are the 50 hottest rookies of the 50 percent of teams that have updated their websites!