The Los Angeles Rams added two male cheerleaders to their previously all-female squad, making them the National Football League's first-ever male cheerleaders.
What are the details?
The Rams welcomed California natives Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies to their cheerleading squad in an official announcement made on Twitter Sunday.
The tweet read, "Congratulations to our 2018 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders!"
Congratulations to our 2018 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders! pic.twitter.com/gYlXtC0BOd
— Rams Cheerleaders (@LARamsCheer) March 26, 2018
According to USA Today, Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers who have performed the art for their entire lives.
The Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens have male handlers on their cheerleading squads, who assist in performing stunts, but the two males do not cheer or dance.
What have the new cheerleaders said?
Peron spoke with "Good Morning America" Wednesday, where he said, "I thought, 'Why not me? Why can't I do this?'"
According to "Good Morning America," Peron and Jinnies were among 76 finalists to audition for the squad.
Jinnies told the show of the intensive audition process, which spanned several weeks.
"[The auditions] were unlike anything I've ever been to," Jinnies said. "I'm used to getting a call after or an email. This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back."
Emily Leibert, the squad's captain, explained why Peron and Jinnies were chosen to join the team.
"They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader," Leibert explained. "They are intelligent, they are eloquent, they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there's something so magnetic about their performance, you really can't take your eyes off them."