For the first time in NFL’s history, male cheerleaders will spur on the teams alongside women!
The cheer squads of the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be joined by three men for the 2018 season. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies joined the Rams back in March, and now they are training ahead of the first game of the pre-season that starts this weekend.
The official squad portrait released by the team featured the two new members. Jinnies tweeted that he still can’t believe he is one of the first males in history to be a pro-NFL cheerleader, and he thanked everyone for the support. Both of them have trained and performed throughout their lives but dreamed of becoming NFL cheerleaders.
“I thought, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?”
Both of them had to make it through the intense series of auditions and they had to compete with 74 other applicants. It lasted for three weeks and they had an extensive interview process, but they eventually made it into the squad.
Peron and Jinnies were the inspiration for Jesse Hernandez to try out for the New Orleans cheerleading squad. He applied after his mom sent him a link for an article about the new Rams cheerleaders.
Hernandez says that his mother told him it was his time to shine. He loved the process, and he can’t wait to see where it will go.