Asian Cheerleaders of the NFL

The National Football League Kickoff game next month will mark the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, so after checking some of the teams’ player rosters for this upcoming season, I decided to check all of the the teams’ cheerleader rosters.

Of the 25 NFL teams that have official cheerleading squads (7 teams don’t), I did find several Asian ladies among the members, one being Duyen (above), who proudly high kicks and shakes her pom poms for the Houston Texans.

While doing my research, I was disappointed to find that former Oakland Raiderettes Tiffany and Cyrina (above) were no longer with the squad. However, even though I wanted this entry to be only on current cheerleaders, they deserve a mention here since I fondly recall meeting them in 2006 when the visited Korea for an Armed Forces Entertainment show. Me with Cyrina here.

(Note: There may be some other current NFL cheerleaders who are part-Asian that I haven’t included in this entry because, since I really couldn’t put a finger on all of their ethnicities, and they usually don’t list them or their family names on their bios, I “played it by eye” and decided to only include ladies here that are unmistakably Asian.)

Cincinnati Ben-Gal, Sunny
Kaoruko Horiike of the Denver Bronco’s cheerleading squad, who are simply called the “Denver Broncos Cheerleaders,” and have been in existence since 1993. Denver’s last  prior squad, the  “Pony Express” disbanded in 1978 after several members posed topless for a Playboy magazine pictorial. Kaoruko wasn’t  included on the squad’s recently updated 2010 roster, so she may now be a former Denver Broncos Cheerleader.
Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Truly Chin is in her rookie year with the squad.
Self-confessed video game junkie Jennie is in her second season with the Oakland Raiderettes.
Rookie Raiderette Holly also works as a flight attendant for Virgin America.
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader Alicia
Taiwanese-born San Diego Charger Girl, Tiffany
Chris of the Gold Rush, the San Francisco 49ers’ squad
Seattle Sea Gal Shelly, who’s starting her 7th year with the squad
The “junior” of the two Asian Sea Gals, Tiffany
Tomoko Kojima is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders,
who were nicknamed the “Swash-Buc-Lers” up until 1999.
Korean-born Valerie of the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders
Noriko of the Washington Redskins’ squad, who are referred to by
their fans as the “First Ladies of Football”

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.


  1. I haven't done a rundown of this year's NFL cheerleader squads' rosters, Anon, but a click on the ladies' names above will give you the answers, which seem to be; no. Looks like all these ladies have moved on and aren't with the 2014 squads.

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