By Ariel Scotti / January 31, 2019

A Cheerleading First for Super Bowl LIII

The championship game kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 3.

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The Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders will make history next week. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Two male cheerleaders for the Los Angeles Rams will make history next Sunday at Super Bowl LIII when they take the field in Atlanta.

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first male cheerleaders ever to perform at the championship game, according to The Hill, when their team takes on the New England Patriots.

“To see the way that they’ve been embraced by their fans is pretty unbelievable,” their coach Emily Leibert said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “They’re extraordinary in that they’re trailblazers but they’re also totally normal teammates and they fit right in, and I think that the fans have embraced them as such.”

The two men are no strangers to making football history. They were the first to earn spots on an NFL cheerleading squad in March of last year. Since then, the New Orleans Saints cheer team has also welcomed a man, Jesse Hernandez, who said he was inspired by Peron and Jinnies.

“I think we can both say that we’ve been reached out to by so many men that are so excited to try out, not just men our age but young men trying out for the junior high school cheer team, and it’s exciting to see this change,” Peron said.

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