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Steelers first to have cheerleaders, but now don't see the need

Updated: January 31, 2006, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- They wore knee-length skirts, bobby sox and hard hats, and couldn't fraternize with the players. Their pay? One ticket per game.

The Steelerettes were the first females of the gridiron, long before Seattle's Sea Gals, Oakland's Raiderettes and the Buffalo Jills. And get this: Pittsburgh had guy cheerleaders, too -- the Ingots.

But the NFL's first rah-rah squad was far from a group of midriff-bearing dancers that root from the sidelines today, make public appearances and ...

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