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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Cheerleaders

Part of the excellent pageantry of college football

Notre Dame Cheerleader at a Football Game
Is that a shillelagh next to her?
Photo by Jerry Cooke/Corbis via Getty Images

Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the season.

The Irish welcome the Toledo Rockets to South Bend, but there aren’t many pictures in the editor about Toledo outside of a single basketball game. So... here’s a perfect time to throw up our spirit fingers for the Irish cheerleaders.


There has to be a high level of trust between members of the cheer squad to not only perform — but to also make it out of the stadium alive. Take this formation for example... they are literally flying over a stadium via a human helicopter. That’s amazing.

Michigan State Spartans v Notre Dame Fighting Irish
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleaders perform during the game with the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Spartans defeated the Irish 44-41 in overtime.
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When no one is watching

This is just some wholesome content. Look at this performance in front of no one because they are playing Navy — and no one cares.

University of Notre Dame v United States Naval Academy
BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 28: Two cheerleaders for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish warm up prior to a game on October 28, 2006 against the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images

More flying

I’m not sure what the injury count is with cheerleaders — but you never hear about them tearing an achilles. Are they even mortal?

Notre Dame v Arizona State
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader at Cowboys Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Southern Cal shock

What’s the score? How about — what’s a song girl?

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader on the field before a game against the USC Trojans, on November 26, 2016, played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Book it

One of these Louisville Ladybirds owes Ian Book a thank-you note for the extra TV time. If you know, you know.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Notre Dame at Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 02: Louisville Cardinals Ladybirds on the field prior to the college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Louisville Cardinals on September 2, 2019, at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.
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