Super Bowl to include male cheerleaders for first time

“It’s like a fairy tale."

Super Bowl male cheerleaders
Quinton Peron (left) and Napoleon Jinnies (right) will be the first male cheerleaders to perform at a Super Bowl. –Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams’ cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be making history Sunday when they appear on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where they will perform with their female counterparts as the first male dancers to appear at a Super Bowl.

At the start of this season, the duo, along with New Orleans Saints’ cheerleader Jesse Hernandez, became the NFL’s first male cheerleaders— distinguishing them from male stunt performers for the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts, who do not dance. Peron and Jinnies have each been dancing for more than a decade and have performed with various professional groups.


Peron and Jinnies — along with teammate Emily Leibert — appeared on “Good Morning America’’ last week after the Rams’ win over the Saints in the NFC Championship. Jinnies told host Michael Strahan, a Super Bowl veteran himself, that the 10 months since the pair made the team have been “crazy.’’

And making the Super Bowl?

“It’s like a fairy tale,’’ Peron said.