For the first time in history, at least two NFL teams will reportedly have male cheerleaders.
The three men — Quinton Peron, Napoleon Jinnies, and Jesse Hernandez — will first perform during the opening of the preseason on Thursday, according to Fortune.
The @NFL will be introducing male cheerleaders this season!
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) August 8, 2018
This week has been a whirlwind! But it’s still so surreal to me that I am one of the First Male cheerleaders to dance for a pro team ! 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/PThiD6aScN
— Quinton Peron (@Qperon) March 30, 2018
Still can’t belive I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader! Everyone’s support and love has been insane! 😭 thank you and GO RAMS! @RamsNFL @LARamsCheer #LARams pic.twitter.com/srpkYiVmEI
— Napoleon Jinnies (@NapoleonJinnies) March 27, 2018
Peron and Jinnies will reportedly join the Los Angeles Rams, while Hernandez will cheer for the New Orleans Saints.
The news came as the NFL saw declining revenue amid controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem.
Watch an interview with two of the men below:
Judging by the reaction on social media, the new cheerleaders might push some people toward furthered distaste for the league:
The NFL is introducing male cheerleaders. They really know how to appeal to their fan base.
— the Cult of Mike (@elvisknievil) August 7, 2018
NFL MALE CHEERLEADERS?
I'D Be DAMNED If I Sat Up And Watched That NONSENSE.
— POVhilariousD (@POVhilariousD) August 6, 2018
That’ll bring back the ratings….not..😏
— James🇬🇧 (@Jam_mil73) August 7, 2018
NFL ratings bouta be like 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 https://t.co/Ku5xzuM4fy
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 7, 2018
Others, however, celebrated the additions:
— Monica (@mmeans40) August 8, 2018
— Black Excellence (@BExcelOnline) August 7, 2018
“Do ya thing fellas!” one user tweeted.