For the first time in the history of the National Football League, male cheerleaders will be on the sidelines in the upcoming season. There was never a rule against male dancers but no teams, until now, have employed them on their cheerleading squad.
A few months ago, the Los Angeles Rams named Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies as the two newest members of their cheerleading squad, and they’ve been rehearsing with the dance team ever since.
As a result of Peron and Jinnies’ success, 25-year old Jesse Hernandez decided to try out for the New Orleans “Saintsations,” and he has also been given an opportunity.
According to USA Today, the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have men who perform stunts with female cheerleaders, but don’t dance.
Week 1 of the NFL season officially opens up on Thursday, September 6 when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints will host the Bucs on September 9, while the Rams take on the Raiders in Oakland on Monday, September 10.