- Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies both qualified for the 40-person squad, and they will be the first men to perform routines alongside female cheerleaders
- The Ravens and Colts both have men who perform acrobatic stunts, but neither franchise has those men participating in the cheerleaders’ routines
- Both Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers
The Los Angeles Rams have become the first franchise in NFL history to name men to their cheerleading squad.
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies both qualified for the 40-person Rams cheerleading squad, and they will be the first men to perform dance routines alongside female cheerleaders.
The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts both have men who perform acrobatic stunts during stoppages in play, but neither franchise has those men participating in the cheerleaders’ routines.
Napoleon Jinnies (right) and Quinton Peron (center) are the NFL’s first male cheerleaders
Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron (at the left and right end of the back row, respectively) are both classically trained dancers, which helped them make the 40-person squad
Both Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers, which Peron believes makes them a natural for the Rams’ cheerleading squad.
‘I thought, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?’ ‘ Peron said in an interview Wednesday on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.
The two men were among the 76 finalists competing to make the squad.
‘This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back,’ he said.
Peron and Jinnies should have something to cheer about in 2018. The Rams finished their second season since returning to Los Angeles in 2017 by winning the NFC West with an 11-5 record. Also, L.A. signed All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to an already fearsome front