History will be made this NFL football season. For the first time ever in the NFL, male cheerleaders will be performing and cheering on the sidelines.
The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will become the first teams to have male cheerleaders on the sidelines in 2018.
The first Male cheerleaders in NFL include Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies who will be joining the Los Angeles Rams, and Jesse Hernandez with the New Orleans Saints.
Tweeting after making the team, Jinnies said:
“Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!”
The 2018 NFL season is still 31 days away, but it’s already shaping up to be a historic one. While the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens have male stuntmen, these new performers are cheerleaders and will be dancing and cheering alongside their female teammates.
Male cheerleaders in NFL:
Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron will be cheering on the Rams cheerleading squad. The Saints will have a male cheerleader on their cheer team, too – Jesse Hernandez, a 25-year-old male dancer who made the Saintsations and said he was inspired by Peron and Jinnies.
“My mom had sent me a link about the L.A. Rams cheerleaders that just had made the team a couple weeks ago,” Hernandez told KATC in April. “She told me that it was my time to shine.”
Cheerleading has been a part of the NFL since 1954 when the Baltimore Colts added a cheer squad to their marching band. Today, 26 of the 32 teams in the NFL have official cheerleading squads.
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Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies are two classically trained dancers and California natives who survived a grueling audition process to make the 2018 squad for the Los Angeles Rams.
While other football teams have male stunt teams, Peron and Jinnies will be the first men to dance alongside females on a professional NFL cheerleading team.