Some of the best football cheer chants can be heard around the NFL, many of which are only used by specific teams. In fact, the crowds at the professional leagues have taken the cheerleaders out of the game, at least to some extent. While there are many of them out there, let's take a look at what some of the NFL teams and fans do to get their team pumped up. Here are some of the football cheer chants you can hear in the stadiums, and some ways to get your own going. You may not win super bowl tickets any time soon, but you can have some fun with these football cheer chants.

Green Bay:
The Green Bay Packers have a fairly generic, yet consistent football cheer chant that is blurted out by the crowds. Generally started by the speaker system in Lambeau Field, it's a fairly simple "Go Pack, Go" that can be heard throughout the stadium. The crowd generally participates pretty well during these sessions, when the football cheer chants are going over the loud speaker.

New York Jets:

Ed the Fireman usually starts out these football cheer chants. J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS. The crowd is really loud during these sessions. Somehow, someway, Ed the Fireman always seems to get the crowd going. This is one of the better examples from the NFL of football cheer chants that get the crowd and players pumped up.

Tamp Bay:

One side of the stadium yells TAMPA in a very drawn out manner, and the other side yells BAY also in the same drawn out manner. This is a pretty cool one, and the crowd always seems to sound pumped up during the games during these football cheer chants.


Welcome to the Dawg Pound! The dogs "bark", in a manner which I cannot really fully explain in writing. When the Browns became the Ravens, following the team's move to Baltimore, this football cheer chant died, for a while. When the Browns came back to the NFL, from the expansion, it was reborn.


At any game you can hear the fans yelling "here we go Steelers, here we go." It's a staple at the stadium, and can be heard at virtually any time during the game.

There are plenty of more generic football cheer chants out there. Many of the ones listed can be heard at virtually any sporting event, in any stadium in the nation. While they are not generally used exclusively at any particular stadium or for any team, they are used more and less, depending on the mood of the crowd, and the traditions that surround the football cheer chants.


This can be heard at virtually any game, and it's really not exclusive to any sport or team. Still, it's one of the easiest football cheer chants to get going, and it usually gets decent fan support. Many times, there will be claps used in between. For example: Defense (clap, clap) defense (clap, clap). These are very common at virtually all levels, not just the professional leagues. If you attend a game, you are very likely to hear this football cheer chant several times.

Start the bus:

This one isn't really sportsmanlike, but it is one of the more used football cheer chants out there. It is typically used when the home team has a huge, virtually insurmountable lead. It's really more of an insult to the opposing team than anything. Although it lacks in sportsmanship, it is commonly used, making it one of the more popular football cheer chants out there.

We will, we will beat you:

This one involves stomping of the feet, along with the words. It's basically a spinoff of the song by Queen, We Will Rock You. The foot stomping and the words create a fairly cool sounding football cheer chant. It's one that generally gets plenty of participation, most likely because it is familiar to many people, and it just sounds really cool. You'll hear this one at virtually any type of sporting event. It's one of the most versatile football cheer chants out there.

Some football cheer chants are aided with the use of props. These can range a great deal by team, but for most of them, the props are quite similar. They are all really just a way to get the crowd involved with the team. While they are not necessarily a football cheer chant, they are a distant cousin, as they both serve the same basic purpose.


The title towel is used in Green Bay, and the Terrible towel is used in Pittsburgh. Both are basically the same thing. Like some of the most popular football cheer chants, they are really used as a way to get the crowd involved. They are very visible from the field, and show up quite often on the camera during the broadcast of the game. They are really a way to show unity and team spirit for the home crowd.

Regional items:

You'll find thing like cheese heads in Wisconsin. This is a distant cousin to the football cheer chants that you often hear. They are really used to show support to the team. It's roughly similar to wearing the home team's jersey during the game. Many regions have their own little things. In Cleveland, for example, anything dog related will serve the purpose. The types of things show good fan support, and make it easier to start the football cheer chants that get the home team pumped up.


It seems that the role of the cheerleader has diminished in professional sports. This is likely because of the sheer size of the stadiums the teams play in. A typical NFL stadium will hold at least 60,000 people. There really is no way a cheerleading squad of ten or twenty can reach the entire crowd. Still, if you watch a game in person, and are seated near the cheerleading squad, you will find that their energy can be fairly uplifting. The high school ranks seem to be much more effective, most likely because of the smaller size of the stadium. You will find that at local high school games, the cheerleaders are the ones that start the football cheer chants that get the crowd involved.