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Male cheerleaders to perform at this year’s Super Bowl for the first time

Male cheerleaders to perform at this year’s Super Bowl for the first time

Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron.

This year’s Super Bowl is set to make history as it will feature male cheerleaders for the first time in 53 years.

Professional dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, two members of the Los Angeles Rams’ cheerleading squad, both became team members this season.

They will dance with the girls as their team plays the New England Patriots on Sunday 3 February.

Their team is known for recruiting Kenny Washington, who became the first NFL African American player after a ban was lifted following the end of World War 2. The Rams also drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL football player, in 2014.

Are they the first male cheerleaders in history?

Peron and Jinnies both joined in March 2018.

They revealed they had been considering auditioning after watching the Lakers girls during their routine.

‘I’m looking down at the Laker Girls and I thought, “Why can’t I do this?”’ Peron said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last year.

‘We were just casually talking about auditions and I thought, “Why not just show up?”’ Jinnies chipped in.

They have become the first men in recent years to perform the same routine as their female colleagues.

Last year, TMZ reported that Billy Quercia was a member of the Atlanta Falcons cheer squad in 1987 and 1988. Archival team photos confirmed the team included 12 women and 12 men.

Colin Kaepernick’s protest

Their presence will bring some positive attention to the 53rd Super Bowl, after Colin Kaepernick’s protest.

In a game in 2016, Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

He then explained his gesture in a post-game interview, addressing violence against black people that will lead to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.’

Following the former football player’s dissent, artists such as Cardi B and Rihanna have refused to perform at the half-time show.

Maroon 5 and Travis Scott will perform this year, but they have been pressured to pull out.

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