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Man tries out to be a Broncos cheerleader

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In college football, male cheerleaders are as common as marching bands and unethical coaches. But in the NFL, cheerleading has traditionally been women’s work. One man in Denver tried to change that this weekend.

That man, Sacha Heppell, wasn’t trying out to do the traditional male role of holding up the female cheerleaders. He was trying out to do exactly what the female cheerleaders usually do.

“I’m going to try out to be the first male Bronco cheerleader,” Heppel told KSDK.

The Broncos’ cheerleading department said anyone, male or female, is welcome to try out, and the decisions will be based purely on dancing ability. Women at the tryout said they thought it was great to see a man in the mix.

Unfortunately for Heppell, he didn’t make the cut. So, for now anyway, cheerleading in the NFL will remain an all-female activity.

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  1. spellingcopfather says: Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM

    just wanna see free Denver games!!!

  2. cuda1234 says: Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM

    Where are the diversity police on this one? Isn’t there something wrong when 50% of the population is men and zero percent of the cheerleaders are men? Where are Gloria Steinem, Al Shaprton and the ACLU to fight this injustice?

  3. metzgerf says: Apr 16, 2012 7:40 AM

    This is an embarrassment to men everywhere.

  4. contract says: Apr 16, 2012 7:41 AM

    Ummm … the guy is going to need a boob job if he hopes to make a cheerleading squad.

  5. baddegg says: Apr 16, 2012 7:42 AM

    cuda1234 says:Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM

    Where are the diversity police on this one? Isn’t there something wrong when 50% of the population is men and zero percent of the cheerleaders are men? Where are Gloria Steinem, Al Shaprton and the ACLU to fight this injustice?

    —————–

    What percentage of NFL players or coaches are women?

    Don’t stir the pot on this one…

  6. negroleague says: Apr 16, 2012 7:47 AM

    @cuda1234 poor fella. Go tell Rush how oppressed you are.

  7. vbe2 says: Apr 16, 2012 7:51 AM

    You’re probably too young to remember, but they already had a man on the Broncos cheerleading squad in 1979. He was “out of this world”…

    http://rockymountainspirit.blogspot.com/2007/10/flashback-photo-mork.html

  8. mtheparrothead says: Apr 16, 2012 7:53 AM

    It’s the natural next step since goodell wants everyone wearing skirts

  9. watermelon1 says: Apr 16, 2012 7:53 AM

    Unfortunately for Heppell, he didn’t make the cut. So, for now anyway, cheerleading in the NFL will remain an all-female activity.
    ————

    For now, it appears profootballtalk is unaware that the Baltimore ravens have male cheerleaders and a matching band.

  10. jimmysee says: Apr 16, 2012 7:58 AM

    No doubt the criteria is how good a dancer, and how good the candidate looks in a bikini.

  11. bdkelly says: Apr 16, 2012 8:01 AM

    Old news. Mork already did it 25 years ago:

  12. kingfish4242 says: Apr 16, 2012 8:02 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM
    Where are the diversity police on this one? Isn’t there something wrong when 50% of the population is men and zero percent of the cheerleaders are men? Where are Gloria Steinem, Al Shaprton and the ACLU to fight this injustice?

    ————————————————–

    If I could give 1000 thumbs up I would. Political correctness is slowly killing this country. Try as we might,we can never be equal. Instead of forcing equality,we should accept diversity and embrace it.

    The above doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t have the same rights under the law though. As for Mr Heppell, more power to him!!!

  13. onetonsoup says: Apr 16, 2012 8:02 AM

    Why doesn’t the LGBT community call outrage here? It would encourage a bigger gay demographic to watch the NFL, it would encourage gay football players to come out and for the NFL community to be as politically correct as possible. Add a female point kicker and the NFL will be improved for future generations.

  14. tv426 says: Apr 16, 2012 8:02 AM

    Sacha Heppell??

    Sure it isn’t really Sacha Baron Cohen making a new movie?

  15. kingfish4242 says: Apr 16, 2012 8:07 AM

    cuda1234 says:Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM

    What percentage of NFL players or coaches are women?

    Don’t stir the pot on this one…

    ————————————————–

    Baseball used to be America’s pastime. Now it’s being offended.

  16. usmarine75 says: Apr 16, 2012 8:07 AM

    Woody Paige?

  17. ybred says: Apr 16, 2012 8:09 AM

    cheerleading in the NFL will remain an all-female activity

    Not really … there are teams with male cheer leaders.

  18. 12strikes says: Apr 16, 2012 8:18 AM

    He had Troy Aikman’s vote.

  19. francheyes says: Apr 16, 2012 8:21 AM

    I don’t want any part of those Denver nuggets

  20. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 16, 2012 8:29 AM

    All I care about with cheerleaders is their looks. My panthers need to discriminate more. Ugliest cheerleaders in the league.

  21. jnbnet says: Apr 16, 2012 8:53 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Apr 16, 2012 7:31 AM
    Where are the diversity police on this one? Isn’t there something wrong when 50% of the population is men and zero percent of the cheerleaders are men? Where are Gloria Steinem, Al Shaprton and the ACLU to fight this injustice?

    ——————————————————–
    first of all, no one stopped him from trying out…he just didn’t make…like so many other young women didn’t make it. You also have to consider that he is the only (known) man who wants to be an NFL cheerleader. Now if there were a lot of guys who tried out and none were selected…then you might have a point.

  22. fearthebengaltiger says: Apr 16, 2012 8:59 AM

    what would you do for a klondike bar?

  23. allisab says: Apr 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    Good for him.

  24. ausernamethatisavailable says: Apr 16, 2012 9:09 AM

    If there was ever an story on this site that made me wish the comment police did not exist, this is it. Come on sheriff, just post them! I can only imagine the gold that we will never get to read.

  25. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    contract says: Apr 16, 2012 7:41 AM

    Ummm … the guy is going to need a boob job if he hopes to make a cheerleading squad.

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    Maybe that will be Greg Williams’s next gig…….no boob job required.

  26. slashrancid says: Apr 16, 2012 9:14 AM

    Guess he hadn’t heard Tebow was traded.

  27. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Apr 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I unfortunately have to deal with these juiceheads on the sideline every Sunday. I think we’re the only team in the NFL with a band and male cheerleaders, I guess we’re keeping it real college life. I like the band, but despise the male cheerleaders.

  28. lombardihero says: Apr 16, 2012 10:28 AM

    Does this guy realize that Tim Tebow is now in New York?

  29. jbaxt says: Apr 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    Typical donkey fan. This is further proof as to why they loved tebow.

  30. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Apr 16, 2012 10:49 AM

    The Ravens have male cheerleaders.

    It’s cute.

  31. dbeehner says: Apr 16, 2012 12:30 PM

    First there was Tebow. Now T-Bone.

  32. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 16, 2012 12:46 PM

    Denver should be open to this- they won Super Bowls with a rat as a head coach, a horse at QB, and a donkey at tight end.

  33. skolvikesskol says: Apr 16, 2012 1:30 PM

    Great way to meet chicks!

  34. gooboy6 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:34 PM

    Smartest guy in town , he just got to know 30 or 40 smokin hot chicks

  35. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Why am I not surprised by this? Just one more reason to hate the Donkeys…like I really needed one.

  36. ricksaints says: Apr 16, 2012 3:04 PM

    If a dude can try to b miss universe a guy can try out for an NFL cheerleader spot.

  37. JohnnyTwoTimes says says: Apr 16, 2012 3:26 PM

    ….and the NFL welcomes women to apply for coaching positions….

  38. JohnnyTwoTimes says says: Apr 16, 2012 3:26 PM

    Come on dude!!! Be a man!!!

  39. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    I with ya. Next I’m trying out for the WNBA.

  40. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    Funny how people want to challenge women for equality but I don’t see people walking into an NAACP meeting and screaming racism.

  41. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    When does his new reality show come on? People do anything for notoriety.

  42. blanchonegro says: Apr 16, 2012 5:10 PM

    imagine being in that locker room. lol smart man.

  43. baddorange says: Apr 16, 2012 5:30 PM

    Is he a male, or a female that became a male. Can’t show prejudice on these sex changes. Must be politically correct, now bleeding hearts

  44. december77 says: Apr 16, 2012 7:05 PM

    Wait a minute…he gets to watch NFL games of his favorite team from the sidelines with a bunch of hot chicks AND get paid for it??? Sounds awesome to me! lol

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