For the first time in NFL history, a team will have male cheerleaders performing the same dance routine as the female performers — and not just helping with the stunts.
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies were named to the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad this week. The Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts have men on the team who perform stunts with female cheerleaders, but this is the first time male cheerleaders will dance as well.
Peron and Jinnies have been performing their entire lives. They were among the 76 finalists chosen for the 40-person squad, and Jinnies says this audition was unlike anything he had done before.
“This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back,” he said on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
For the first time ever, male cheerleaders will be on the sidelines at @NFL games. We're talking live with the newest recruits and trailblazers from the @RamsNFL cheerleading squad! pic.twitter.com/t8DKzohFuX
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 28, 2018
See below for the official Rams picture.
Congratulations to our 2018 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders! pic.twitter.com/gYlXtC0BOd
— Rams Cheerleaders (@LARamsCheer) March 26, 2018
— Napoleon Jinnies (@NapoleonJinnies) March 28, 2018