San Francisco Gold Rush

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San Francisco Gold Rush
San Francisco 49er Cheerleader.jpg
General Information
Team San Francisco 49ers
Established 1979
Members 40
  • Niner Nuggets (1946-1970)
  • San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders (1979-present)
Official website

The San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders are the cheerleading team for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. The current team was founded in 1983 by USA, which has been renamed to e2k.[1] They have performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. They are also involved in many charitable events.[2]

They have been featured on many television stations, such as ESPN and the Fox Network, in addition to television shows such as Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Extra!, and The Leeza Show. They attend every home game and have a total of 32 professional dancers. At Kezar Stadium, the cheerleaders were called The Niner Nuggets. They were known at the time as the only singing cheerleading squad in the NFL.[3]

Notable members[edit]

  • Teri Hatcher, (1984), actress
  • Bonnie-Jill Laflin, (1994-1996), model, actress, television personality
  • Ashley Clay, (2008–2009), wife of Ryan Cochrane
  • Morgan McLeod, (2009), contestant from Survivor: Cagayan
  • Julie Durda, meteorologist of WPLG and contestant on the fifth season of The Bachelor
  • Angela King-Twitero, author of The Business of Professional Cheerleading,[4] and dance costume designer (eight NFL Cheerleading teams wear her designs)[5] King-Twitero transitioned from cheerleader to director of the Gold Rush Cheerleaders, and lead the team from 1992 to 1997. She was also the founding co-director of the NFL Pro Bowl cheerleaders from 1992 to 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cheerleader History". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Cheerleader Appearances". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  3. ^ Joe Reed & the Niner Nuggets, Pigskin Records, 1973. liner notes
  4. ^ Angela King (2007) Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Angela King Designs (2007) Retrieved February 8, 2007.

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