Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron have been getting a lot of publicity this past week as the first male cheerleaders ever to perform at today’s Super Bowl as members of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad.
The duo joined at the start of the 2018 season, becoming the first male cheerleaders in the National Football League.
Turns out that Mr. Jinnies is from Santa Barbara.
A dancer for 12 years, he was on the San Marcos High School Dance Team and performed at the West Coast School of the Arts, Orange CoastCollege, Disneyland and Team USA.
His favorite style of dance is jazz, funk and contemporary.
Inspired the most by his mother, Mr. Jinnies said his favorite dance memory is winning gold for Team USA.
What is he looking forward to as a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader?
“So many things — wearing my uniform and stepping onto the field for the first time.”
In an interview with “Good Morning America, Mr. Jinnies and Mr. Peron said they have had several men reach out to them about trying out not just for an NFL team, but also for local high school teams.
“It’s exciting to see this change a little bit,” said Mr. Peron.
Added Mr. Jinnies, “We’re extremely excited to see what’s going to happen next year.”