This Year’s Super Bowl Will Feature Male Cheerleaders For The First Time
You may not be thrilled about the teams competing in this year’s Super Bowl. You probably won’t even be tuning in for the halftime show featuring Travis Scott and Maroon 5. Or maybe you’re just boycotting the NFL entirely out of support for Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest. But this year’s game is bringing something a little different and making one small step towards inclusivity.
According to Sports Illustrated, this year’s game will feature a performance by male cheerleaders for the first time. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies who are apart of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad will perform at today’s Super Bowl LIII. The pair are classically trained dancers and have been cheering for the Rams all season since making the squad last March. Peron and Jinnies alongside New Orleans Saints’ male cheerleader Jesse Hernandez are the first male cheerleaders in NFL league history.
The Raven and the Colts have had male cheerleaders on their co-ed squads in the past, but historically male cheerleaders have served as stuntsmen only. Peron and Jinnies, who both are classically trained dancers, dance alongside their female counterparts and perform the same moves.
The pair appeared on Good Morning America last week along with their team captain, Emily Leibert who referred to them as “trailblazers” noting that their presence is already encouraging more men to try out for NFL cheer squads.
Last week when they were asked how they felt about heading to Atlanta, Peron responded that the experience is a dream come true:
“It’s like a fairy tale.”
You can check out Peron and Jinnies’ appearance on Good Morning America below: