Detroit Lions Cheerleaders

Detroit Lions Cheerleaders
General Information
Team Detroit Lions
Established 2016
Director Rebecca Girard-Smoker[1]

The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders are the National Football League cheerleading squad representing the Detroit Lions.


Since moving to Detroit from Portsmouth, Ohio in 1934, the Detroit Lions have only had one official cheerleading squad The Detroit Lions original cheerleading squad started in 1963 and continued until 1972.[2] Promoters of cheer squads had contacted the team's front office several times only to be met with rejections. In August 2010, a group formed the Detroit Pride, which became the unofficial cheerleaders for the team.[3]

On June 12, 2016, the Lions announced their decision to add official cheerleaders to the Lions organization.[1] The team also announced that Rebecca Girard-Smoker, formerly the director of the Detroit Pistons dance team, would be the coach of the cheerleading squad. The cheerleading squad will be a part of the entertainment during football games, and active at community events.[4]


  1. 1 2 Rothstein, Michael (June 13, 2016). "Lions become one of final teams to add cheerleaders". ESPN. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  2. "Meet one of the first Detroit Lions cheerleaders". Click on Detroit. June 20, 2016. Accessed June 21 2016
  3. Hruby, Patrick (January 3, 2012). "Detroit Pride Can't Seem to Fix the Biggest Gaffe in Lions History: No Cheerleaders Allowed". ThePostGame. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  4. "Detroit Lions to add cheerleaders" (Press release). Detroit Lions. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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