‘Another reason not to watch’: NFL fans split over Super Bowl debut for male cheerleaders
Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be cheering for the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday as they take on the New England Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in an uncompromised battle for the prestigious trophy.
The two cheerleaders will make history by becoming the first male dancers in the NFL history to appear at the championship game, performing the same routines alongside women.
“It’s been a crazy 10 months dancing hard and really engaging with our community and our team and supporting our players, so I can’t believe we made it to this point,” Jinnies said on Good Morning America on Thursday.
“So I’m pretty sure it’s showing off that we’ve been working pretty hard.”
Peron and Jinnies made the headlines last year after making it on the Rams’ cheerleading squad, coming through a rigorous audition process to become the first men in the role in the NFL.
The two California dancers also encouraged other men to try out for NFL cheerleading teams, including Jesse Hernandez, who made it on the New Orleans Saints' team.
The news about the male dancers’ upcoming performance at the Super Bowl was met with mixed reactions on social media, with some users even vowing to snub the big game.
Another reason not to watch..— mark tuenge (@TuengeMark) January 25, 2019
Great. Fag cheerleaders at the Super Bowl. Thankfully, the TV broadcast probably won’t show them. They have bigger and better things to show— Jim H (@jfhall1961) January 25, 2019
Others congratulated the duo on their historic achievement, praising the dancers for promoting values of diversity and inclusion.
Proud of y'all— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) January 21, 2019
Can’t wait for you to be part of history— Danny (@disneyevrything) January 21, 2019
I AM SO BEYOND PROUD OF YOU AND EXCITED TO WATCH!! Literally the first thing my dad and I shouted after watching the Rams this weekend was "NAPOLEON IS GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!" ❤️— Katie Elster (@tinydancerkatie) January 21, 2019