Two Los Angeles men have become the first male cheerleaders in the NFL. Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies will cheer along side female members of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad.
"They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader," Rams cheer captain Emily Leibert told Good Morning America. "They are intelligent. They are eloquent. They are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community."
The contenders had to go through two rounds of preliminary auditions, an interview, three rehearsals and a final audition to make the 40-member squad out of a group of 76 finalists.
Peron and Jinnies are both classically trained dancers.
"I thought, 'Why not me? Why can't I do this?' I called my friend, and I asked her when auditions were for the Rams, and she told me Sunday, and I showed up," Peron said in the interview.
As for pay, all Rams cheerleaders get paid minimum wage for all hours worked, including home games, two three-hour practices a week and appearances throughout the Los Angeles area.