Vintage NFL cheerleader photos

The New York Jets on Tuesday became the fourth National Football League team to be sued by former cheerleaders claiming wage theft and other labor law violations.

The lawsuit followed similar legal action since January by cheerleaders with the Oakland Raiders in California, the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio and the Buffalo Bills in New York.
— Reuters

With all of the chaos revolving around the cheerleading world, who knows if we will even have the girls performing at games this fall. We salute the sideline beauties by taking a walk down memory lane. Let’s take a look at the history of NFL cheerleaders.

Vintage cheerleaders. Associated Press/Getty Images

1958

Members of the Brownettes cheerleading squad for the Cleveland Browns pose for a portrait on September 9, 1958 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. 58-243 (Photo by: Henry Barr Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

1967

Two Minnesota Viking cheerleaders sulk during halftime of the Minnsota Viking-Chicago Bear NFL game at Metropolitan Stadium in the Twin Cities on Sunday, Oct. 1, 1967. Carol Lindell at left and Carol Wexler, both of St. Louis Park. Minn., share a portable radio as they listen to the Minnesota Twins lose their bid for the American League Pennant to Boston on a score of 5-3. The Vikings were loosing to the Bears at halftime, 7-0. The Bears downed the Vikings, 17-7. (AP Photo/MM)

1967

This hand out photo provided by the Steelerettes, shows the NFL's first cheerleading squad, during a 1967 game at Pitt Stadium, where the Steelers then played. The Steelerettes were the first females of the gridiron, long before Seattle's Sea Gals, Oakland's Raiderettes and the Buffalo Jills. But the NFL's first cheerleaders were far from the midriff-bearing dancers that cheer from the sidelines today. (AP Photo/Steelerettes, HO)

1968

New York Jets cheerleaders. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

1972

Cheerleaders for the Miami Dolphins on the sidelines during a game against the New England Patriots on November 12, 1972 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

1976

A St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader cheers for her team against the San Francisco 49ers at Busch Stadium on October 31, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Niners 23-20. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

1978

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders line up near the field during Superbowl XII against the Denver Broncos at the Lousiana Superdome on January 15, 1978 in New Orleans, Lousiana. The Cowboys defeated the Broncos 27-10. (Photo By Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

1979

A Redskinette cheerleader for the Washington Redskins cheers on the Redskins during a game in November, 1979 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)

1985

Cheerleader 0f the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheers her team during a NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Stadium on September 15, 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The Vikings won 31 to 16. (Photo by Michael J. Minardi/Getty Images)

1987

A Los Angeles Rams cheerleader poses during a 1987 Anaheim, California, football game. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

1987

A member of the Raiderette cheerleaders looks on during a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. The Seahawks won 35-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

1988

The 49ers Cheerleaders perform during a game between Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 9, 1988 in San Francisco, California. The Broncos won 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

1988

The Phoenix Cardinals cheerleaders perform during a game against the Washington Redskins at Sun Devil Stadium on September 25, 1988 in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-21. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

1998

A Buffalo Bills Cheerleader smiles for the camera during the 1998 NFL Season. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/Allsport

1988

A Miami Dolphins cheerleader looks on during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins won the game, 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Allen Dean Steele /Allsport

1988

A Buffalo Bills Cheerleader is on the field during half time at the game against the Green Bay Packers. The Bills defeated the Packers 28-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport

1989

General view of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during a game against the Detroit Lions at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Lions won the game, 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Allen Dean Steele /Allsport

1989

A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader looks on during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won the game, 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

1989

A close up shows a cheerleader during the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins defeated the Packers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Allen Dean Steele /Allsport

1990

A close up of a Los Angeles Raiders Cheerleader as she smiles for the camera and gestures during the game against the Chicago Bears. The Raiders defeated the Bears 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Markus Boesch /Allsport

1990

The 49ers Cheerleaders perform during a game between Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 21, 1990 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 27-7. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

1991

A Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader looks on during the game against the San Diego Chargers. The Rams defeated the Chargers 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport

1992

A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader looks on during a game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport

1992

The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, the 'Jills' cheer before their team took on the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)

1993

A member of the New England Patriots cheerleading squad performs a routine prior to a game in 1993 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)

1994

Cheerleaders of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their Christmas outfits on as they cheer their team on against the Green Bay Packers at a NFL game at Tampa Stadium on December 24, 1994 in Tampa, Florida. Green Bay won 34-19. (Photo by Michael J. Minardi/Getty Images)

1995

A cheerleaders for the Jacksonville Jaguars cheers during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Jacksonville Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bengals defeated the jaguars 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /Allsport

1995

The Seattle Seahawks Cheerleaders form a chorus line during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Seahawks defeated the Jaguars 47-30. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones /Allsport

1996

A close up of a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport