Cheerleaders get their share of worship for their curves, their moves and their hotness. But what we don't give them credit for is their grit, their courage or their resilience.
Folks, these gals are on the front line and in the line of fire.
They take hits. They get dropped, flung, stampeded and even devoured by mascots.
Click on for a tribute to these brave soldiers of sportsdom—the cheerleaders.
How noble this young girl is.
She must stand with her back to the stampede, never looking back, never doubting that the charging masses will pour around her.
Oh, cursed flag that doth wrap around the face and blindeth player No. 69.
Jason, when people say it'd be amazing to take out a cheerleader, they mean, like, on a date.
Spirit Banners can be dangerous.
You never know what kind of testosterone-fueled beast lurks on the other side, just waiting to charge.
See Kelly run in such a nonchalant manner/See Kelly stand behind the spirit banner
See the team charge with great spirit and panache/See Kelly get trampled, see her get squashed
This young lady is my hero.
She takes a stunning hit, crawls out from the debris and gets into formation with the rest of her squad.
Indigestion to follow?
I think not.
Controller 1: Tower 2, is the runway clear?
Controller 2: All clear.
Controller 1: You're cleared for take off, Jazz Girl.
Controller 2: Abort! Abort! Rogue craft incoming. I repeat ABORT!
(Sound Effects: KAPOW!)
Crushed by a giant.
Slammed into a table.
Just another day at work for a Lakers Girl.
How many of you can get up and walk away after doing a swan-dive-gone-belly-flop onto a hardwood floor?
Anyone know how to land one of these mascot gigs?
Back, meet floor.
Is chivalry truly dead?
How can that receiver just walk away? After a hit like that?
Boo! I say, boo!
Such a tremendous hit, such a positive attitude.
Proof, if there ever was, that cheerleaders have true grit.
It's becoming an epidemic.
Thus begins the ball-to-face series of slides.
And this one, luckily NOT a facial hit.
But, egad! Talk about taking one for the team!
And what a trooper, showing off her war wound with a smile and a shrug.
And so will that girl be, once her jaw starts swelling up.
I'm in love.