For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders dancing alongside the women next year.
The L.A. Rams announced that it has hired two men, named Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, to perform on its cheerleading squad. The Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens have male stuntmen, but Peron and Jinnies are the first male dancers for a professional NFL team. They will round out the Rams’ regular team of 40 cheerleaders, playing both home and away games.
“I thought, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?’ And called my friend and I asked her when auditions were for the Rams and she told me Sunday [March 11] and I showed up,” Peron told Good Morning America.
LA Rams cheerleader captain Emily Leibert said both men, who are a part of the 40-person cheer squad, “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,” she said. “They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance, you really can’t take your eyes off them.”