Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Made How Much in 1978?
Do you remember when the Denver Broncos went to the Super Bowl in 1978? Do you happen to remember the Denver Broncos cheerleaders? Would you care to make a guess how much they used to get paid in 1978?
It was the era of Broncomania. It wasn't, however, a time of extraordinary wages.
Denver Broncos Cheerleaders of the 1970s
Early on they were called the "Bronkettes." Later, they were the "Bronco Belles." Ultimately, by 1977, they were known as the "Pony Express."
Just yesterday, February 1, 2022, we shared a post "Playboy and Prostitution? The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Scandals of the 70s." That post shared info even Colorado lifers such as myself had forgotten.
The post also included a fascinating Youtube video. This clip featured a former member of the Pony Express detailing some interesting facts about life as a Denver Broncos cheerleader.
How Much Did They Make?
The interview features a former cheerleader by the name of Pat Mansfield. At 1;18 into the video, she reveals the members of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders made a whopping $15 per game. That's what I said, $15 per game.
It's probably safe to say none of them retired off of wages like that. At the rate of $15 per game, it's no wonder a couple of former Denver cheerleaders posed for Playboy. If I were making $15, I'd pose for Playboy, too. and I'm a guy.
Recalculating for the Year 2022
Using the handy US Inflation Calculator, it was determined an item costing $15 in the year 1978 would now cost $64.14 in 2022.
I guess if one loves football, loves performing, and has a certain penchant for a life in showbiz, then maybe $15 isn't so bad. Hey, if it's what you love, that's all that matters.
How Much Do They Make Now?
According to the webpage scottfujita.com, "The average NFL cheerleader salary is $150 per game day and about $50 – $75 for a public appearance."