Male Cheerleaders in the NFL

In March of 2018, Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron made history by becoming the first male cheerleaders ever to cheer alongside the female dancers during a NFL game.

“I feel really inspired,” LC’s only male cheerleader, sophomore Alex Aldana-Monitto, said. “I didn’t really think that the NFL would have any male cheerleaders.”

In the past, there have been stuntmen that have worked alongside the female cheerleaders, but they were not a permanent members of the squad.

“I feel very proud to see two male cheerleaders in the NFL cheer squad,” Aldana-Monitto said, “especially [a] black male. I think it’s a huge accomplishment.”

Jinnies and Peron have been dancing throughout their entire lives when they decided they should try out for the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad.

“I thought, ‘why not me?’” Peron said in an interview with Good Morning America. “‘Why can’t I do this?’”

Jinnies and Peron are not the only male cheerleaders in the NFL. In August of 2018, Jesse Hernandez, a 25-year-old dancer, became a male cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints.

Jinnies and Peron have also become the first male cheerleaders in the NFL to appear in the Super Bowl. They participated in Super Bowl LIII. This is the first time that this has happened in the 99 years of the Super Bowl.