The NFL Makes History By Adding Men to Cheer Squads

The NFL Makes History By Adding Men to Cheer Squads August 9, 2018



The NFL is making headlines for reasons other than players kneeling for the anthem or the dangers of concussions. CNN reported yesterday that male dancers are making their debuts on the sidelines this season for two teams.  The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints added male dancers to their cheer squads. For the first times, it appears rampant sexism within the NFL will take a backseat as men join the dancing ranks.

Since the NFL is more known for their hard hits and alpha-male star players, I was delighted to see teams taking steps to feature men in their dance teams. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made the Rams cheer squad in March. Their additions to the spirit squad were a first in NFL History.

The addition of the two men to the Rams inspired another man, Jesse Hernandez to try-out for another team. When the Saints held try-outs for their Saintsations cheerleading team, Jesse Hernandez decided to try out for the squad. He tried out and made the squad.

There have been several headlines about cheer squads in the NFL this past offseason. A Cheerleader, Bailey Davis, was terminated by the Saints for photos she posted on Instagram. Her termination opened a tidal wave of reports on pay inequality, unfair fitness standards, and exposed fraternization rules that discriminated against the women.

Learning about how cheerleaders on NFL teams are treated surprised and upset many in the media. Many stories were published on the double standards cheerleaders face. One of the most discussed rules was that Saints Cheerleaders had to leave a restaurant if a player arrived at the same establishment. Even if the dancer arrived before the player, the regulations required her to leave the restaurant.

Now that male dancers have been added to rosters, there may be changes coming as a whole to the cheer squads in the NFL. Hopefully, it will open dialogue with owners on the sexist rules given to cheerleaders. Additionally, I hope the addition of the men will inspire other teams to take steps to add men to their teams.

The NFL season kicks off Thursday, September 6th with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the Super Bowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles. Our first peek at the male dancers will take place Sunday, September 9th when Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new male Rams Cheerleaders will be center stage on Monday Night Football when the Raiders host the Rams.

I know I’ll be watching to see the men make their debuts. Will you?

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  • Tawreos

    If the men are clad as scantily as the women are I will watch, but I am betting the guys do not show near as much skin and that will ruin the experience for me.

  • Lol! I do hear you!

  • Rann

    You talk like us guys only watch the cheerleaders for the bodies and not their cheering???? And you call us sexist!

    Yes, I’m totally being sarcastic here (I’m dealing with the 2 doofuses these days (Trump and Ford)……. I need to vent somehow without destroying the computer/TV/radio……)

  • LOL!

  • Tawreos

    Vent away my friend, vent away.

  • That is exciting that there will be male cheerleaders! A couple of my guy friends in college were cheerleaders, and they spent a lot of time in the weight room and practicing gymnastics stunts.

  • I’m kind of excited about it too! It creates a different dynamic for sure

  • E.A. Blair

    My father was a cheerleader at Marquette University (class of 1939). Back then, the quads were mixed.

  • That is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  • E.A. Blair

    I once saw a picture of him with the squad. There were five men and seven women, and I thought it was odd, because I remember him as not being overly athletic, interested in sports or given to the kind of enthusiasm that cheerleading demands.

  • Jim Jones

    “During this time, he was a cheerleader and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as the president of the fraternity during his senior year. G W Bush became a member of the Skull and Bones society as a senior. Bush was a rugby union player and was on Yale’s 1st XV. He characterized himself as an average student.”