Rams, Saints making NFL history with men on cheerleading squads
The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are set to make NFL history by having men on their cheerleading squads during the 2018 season.
Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron have joined the Rams squad for the upcoming season and the Saints will feature Jesse Hernandez on their cheer team.
Jinnies took to Twitter earlier this year to post a photo of himself and Peron in the Rams’ cheerleading team’s official photo.
Still can’t belive I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader! Everyone’s support and love has been insane! thank you and GO RAMS! @RamsNFL @LARamsCheer #LARams pic.twitter.com/srpkYiVmEI
— Napoleon Jinnies (@NapoleonJinnies) March 27, 2018
Jinnies also posted a photo to Instagram last week in which he eagerly counts down to the Rams’ first preseason game.
Hernandez told CNN affiliate KATC that this mother sent a story along to him about Jinnies and Peron, something that inspired him to try out for the Saints’ squad.
“She told me it was my time to shine,” he said in the video posted ahead of his final audition, via CNN. “The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me and I can’t wait to see where this goes.”
CNN notes in its report that a few NFL teams, including the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, have “stuntmen.” However, Jinnies, Peron and Hernandez instead will be dancing alongside the women on the cheerleading squad.
Teams began featuring cheerleaders in game day entertainment in 1954, per NFL.com. Today, 26 of the 32 teams have official cheerleading teams.