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While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seemingly becomes the first player in Super Bowl history to play with his AARP card this upcoming weekend, the Rams will have a set of Super Bowl firsts people can truly cheer for. Keep an eye out for Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies while watching Super Bowl LIII on Sunday; they’re Rams cheerleaders, the first male cheerleaders in Super Bowl history.
Aye Napoleon, you think Atlanta is ready for us? … NAHHHHHH… WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL! pic.twitter.com/oWFAElcw61
— Quinton Peron (@Qperon) January 21, 2019
Of course, the professional dancers made headlines last year when they — along with New Orleans Saints dancer Jesse Hernandez — became the first male cheerleaders in the NFL, which is a surprising breakthrough considering there are male cheerleaders at the college level.
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But then again, most male college cheerleaders don’t do this?
And if your Uncle Bill has a problem seeing dudes showcase their inner Bring It On, as Esquire points out, cheerleading was male-dominated until WWII, when men enlisted into battle and women took over the sidelines. So, really, Quinton and Nap are simply making cheerleading great again!
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Josh Helmuth is a sports guy in St. Louis who contributes to Mandatory.