"Still can't believe I'm one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!"


Male cheerleaders will dance for the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints squads for the first time this season.

Dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies danced their ways on to the Rams cheerleading squad in March.


"Still can't believe I'm one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!" Jinnies tweeted after making the cut. 

Like college programs, some NFL teams, including the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, already have stuntmen, according to USA Today. But Peron and Jinnies will be doing the same moves as the ladies. 

CNN reported that the two men's success inspired a third dancer, Jesse Hernandez, 25, to try out for the New Orleans Saints' Saintsations cheerleading team.


He told the local CNN affiliate that his mom sent him a link with their story.


"She told me it was my time to shine," he said in a video posted before his final audition. "The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me and I can't wait to see where this goes."


NFL cheerleading squads have been accused of objectifying women to the point of abuse. And some ​feminists see cheerleading in general as sexist. It remains to be seen how adding men to the mix will affect the dynamics. 


The press generally cheered the development, but many on social media were skeptical that male dancers are a good fit for the NFL, which is already struggling to keep fans on board.