Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies joined the female cheerleaders in their trademark blue and gold uniforms

By Jen Juneau
February 04, 2019 09:44 AM
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The first male cheerleaders to ever join the NFL’s pep squad ranks made history Sunday night when they supported the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LII.

In photos taken on the field during football’s biggest game of the year, Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies joined the female cheerleaders in their trademark blue and gold uniforms, performing throughout the game to keep their team (and its fans) energized.

“Walked into the Stadium today for the first and last time. No matter the outcome of today’s game, today was one for the books #history #SBLiii,” Peron tweeted Sunday ahead of the match-up.

While the Rams fell to the New England Patriots Sunday with a final score of 13 to 3, they secured their spot at the Super Bowl in a win over the New Orleans Saints at the NFC Championship last month.

The Rams took the lead with an overtime field goal following an allegedly blatant controversial pass-interference call miss from the referees.

Superbowl Previews ,Atlanta,Georgia,USA- 30 Jan 2019
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Los Angeles Rams v New England Patriots, Super Bowl, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 03 Feb 2019
Napoleon Jinnies performs at Super Bowl LIII
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Los Angeles Rams v New England Patriots, Super Bowl, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 03 Feb 2019
Napoleon Jinnies performs at Super Bowl LIII
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After the Rams’ NFC Championship victory, both Peron and Jinnies used Twitter to confirm their then-upcoming historic moment and share their excitement.

Wrote Jinnies, “2018 first male cheerleaders in the NFL. 2019 first male cheerleaders dancing at the Super Bowl. I can’t [breathe].”

Peron called out to his fellow cheerleader, writing, “Aye Napoleon, you think Atlanta is ready for us? … WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL.”

The two classically trained dancers and California natives survived a grueling audition process to make the 2018 squad for the Rams — and appeared on Good Morning America last March to celebrate the milestone.

While other football franchises have male stunt teams, GMA reported that Peron and Jinnies would be the first men to dance alongside females on a professional NFL cheerleading team.

“They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader,” the Rams’ cheer captain Emily Leibert said as she sat beside Peron and Jinnies on GMA. “They are intelligent, they are eloquent, they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community.”

She continued, “They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance. You really can’t take your eyes off them.”