2 Classically Trained Male Dancers Make NFL History

Quinton Peron, Napoleon Jinnies join Los Angeles Rams cheer team
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2018 12:03 PM CDT
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This Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo shows fans cheering at the start of a preseason NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies just made NFL history, CBS Los Angeles reports. They became the first men on an NFL cheer team after the Los Angeles Rams announced Wednesday they had made the squad. According to Inside Edition, Jinnies said he was "speechless" and Peron said he cried when they heard the news. "Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!" Jinnies tweets. "Everyone’s support and love has been insane! Thank you and GO RAMS!"

The two classically trained dancers had to go through two auditions, an interview, three rehearsals, and a final audition to make the 40-person cheer team. They will appear at every Rams home game as well as community events. "They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader," Inside Edition quotes Rams cheer captain Emily Leibert as saying. "They are intelligent. They are eloquent. They are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." USA Today reports the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have men who perform stunts with cheerleaders, but Jinnies and Peron will be the first men to dance with an NFL cheer team. (More NFL stories.)

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