No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change into their personal attire.
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Steve Mason Womens Jersey Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders were subject to regular weigh-ins and are expected C.J. Anderson Authentic Jersey to maintain ideal body weight, according to a handbook from 2009. The Cincinnati Ben-Gals were even more precise in recent years: Cheerleaders had to be within three pounds of their ideal weight.

Those rules and additional work requirements have sparked another public relations headache for the N.F.L., after The New York Times revealed last week that Bailey Davis, the cheerleader the Saints dismissed in January, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming unfair treatment. The complaint comes at time when the N.F.L. is dealing with issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment among players and league employees, and when issues of gender equality are facing unprecedented scrutiny in nearly every corner of the country.
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Winston took only two weeks off after the 2017 season and generally works out twice a day. The morning is for weight training and cardio, the afternoons are for field work. The goal is to rebuild his body so it can sustain the punishment of a 16-game NFL season.

He’s also sought advice from other veteran quarterbacks on the matter, according to coach Dirk Koetter. No way of knowing their conversation, but a few weeks ago Winston did spend some time with former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at a charity event. Favre made 297 regular-season starts over 19 seasons.

I talked to Jameis and I know he’s put in a lot of study in the offseason and a lot of time, Koetter said. I just think the main thing that he learned last year is it’s hard to make it through a 16-game season at any position without having your body nicked up. He’d been blessed in his career to have never had many injuries, and he had some significant injuries last year and he did a great job of trying to play through it.

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