Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies will soon make history as the first male cheerleaders in the NFL.
The two classically trained dancers from California made it through an extensive audition process to make the 2018 squad for the Los Angeles Rams. Cheer captain Emily Leibert praised the pair in an interview with Good Morning America back in March while sitting beside the hard-working newbies.
“They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent, they are eloquent, they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance, you really can’t take your eyes off them.”
The New Orleans Saints will also be debuting male cheerleaders during the NFL preseason, according to AOL. While other teams have male stunt teams, the Rams and Saints will be the first to feature male dancers alongside women on a professional NFL cheer leading squad.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.