Packers not adding cheerleaders; Aaron Rodgers would be for it

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Lambeau Field hasn't seen official Packers cheerleaders since 1987. (USATSI)
The Packers are one of six NFL teams without cheerleaders, and that won't be changing in light of the last week's news that the Dolphins' cheerleading website was hacked, redirecting users to a porn site. Team president Mark Murphy didn't come out and say it but read between the lines and the message is crystal clear.

“Not to be critical of anybody,” Murphy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But you look at what some of the other teams do with their cheerleaders and I just don't think we'd feel comfortable doing some of those things.

“I have heard complaints about our cheerleaders: ‘What do they bring? Why don't we get modern cheerleaders? Look at all the other teams and how they use them.' But more (fans) say this really fits in our image in Green Bay and what we want to portray.”

At one time, the Packers had an official cheerleading squad but the experiment ended in 1987.

"They were attractive," former Packers president Bob Harlan said of the cheerleaders. "We dressed them not daringly, but they were fancier than the college cheerleaders, obviously. We did change their outfits as the seasons went along.

"We didn't think we could compete with the Cowboys, but we thought we wanted to at least try to add some atmosphere. Our fans let us know they didn't want us to be parading girls out there looking like the Dallas cheerleaders. And that was never our intention."

Harlan said internal bickering ultimately led to the cheerleading squad's demise.

Now, the team uses 15-20 cheerleaders from nearby St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which has been the case since the mid-1990s.

And while some current Packers are fine with the status quo, quarterback Aaron Rodgers fully supports the return of a professional squad.

"I would definitely like to see it go down to five with Green Bay adding a team, yes," Rodgers said. "I think it'd be great.

"Take the last home game, for example. They showed a couple cheese bikini-clad women in the stands and the fans went nuts. The 'Bikini Girls' in general, I don't know if they've shown pictures of them yet on the Jumbotron, but they're a big hit. I'm all for it. No offense to the (college) girls. They do a great job."

And for tight end Andrew Quarless, this is an economic issue.

"First of all, it would give some females job opportunities in the area," he said. "I think it would make it feel more NFL-like. Not to say that they don't do a great job. They do, and they do it for nothing."

 
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