Get ready to see some male cheerleaders on the sidelines in the upcoming NFL season.
There will be three in all.
Male dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be joining the female cheerleaders for the Los Angeles Rams, while Jesse Hernandez will be joining the cheer squad for the New Orleans Saints.
“Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!” Jinnies tweeted in March after he made the Rams’ cheering team.
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
There are male sideline performers who provide entertainment in the NFL already.
But Peron, Jinnies and Hernandez actually will be the first dancers to join the female cheer teams.
Hernandez recently told KATC, a CNN affiliate, that his cheer team has been very accepting of his decision to join the squad.
“The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me, and I can’t wait to see where this goes,” he said.
He added that his mother told him it was his “time to shine.”
The NFL is a highly controversial sports league these days, thanks to the personal troubles of players, new research on head trauma caused by the sport, and the national anthem protests the league can’t seem to control.
It’s all led to a decline in television viewership for the NFL — and this seems unlikely to help the league have any sort of comeback with fans.
Fans have been taking to social media to express some mixed feelings about the news about the cheerleaders.
And some are once again questioning the sports league’s decision-making.
The NFL is introducing male cheerleaders. They really know how to appeal to their fan base.
— the Cult of Mike (@elvisknievil) August 7, 2018
Lol… So the NFL is seriously considering having male cheerleaders?
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Yep… That's the way to get your audience back.
— Jay McCaney (@JMccaney) August 7, 2018
They got MALE cheerleaders in the @NFL now. Another reason why it’s definitely time to stop watchin football
— Nell (@_BigNell_) August 7, 2018
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