LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
History will be made during today's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the LA Rams. Rams cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in the history of the NFL to perform at the big game. Male cheerleaders aren't new to the sport. But this season was historic for the NFL cheer squads with men dancing alongside women for the first time. We reached out to Quinton and Napoleon on their way to a fan rally in Atlanta. Quinton, hello.
QUINTON PERON: Hey, hey. How's it going?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Really good - and Napoleon, hello.
NAPOLEON JINNIES: Hello.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I got to start with you, Quinton - any pregame jitters?
PERON: Always - I think just as a dancer, any time before you perform, you get those nervous jitters.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. And Napoleon, what about you? How are you feeling?
PERON: We're in the same boat. I'm so excited. I just feel like, when we run onto that field as a team for the first time in that big stadium, it's going to be the best feeling ever.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: What does this moment mean for you, Napoleon?
JINNIES: So many things - I think it means that anyone can achieve their dreams and make it to a huge stage. Or even if you don't want to dance, you know, you can still achieve any goals that you put your mind to. So it's a huge thing for all of us.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And Quinton, what about you?
PERON: My message is just to dream your dream and live your truth because you only have one life to live. So if you can - just make sure you live your life for you because nobody else can live it for you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You're both classically trained dancers, so I want to know how you got to this dream.
PERON: (Laughter) We actually have two completely different stories - well, kind of.
PERON: I was actually at a Laker game the Wednesday prior to auditions. And I was watching the Laker Girls. And I recognized a few of them on the court. And I just asked myself, why can't I do that? I've taught a couple of those girls. I've danced with some of them in just the industry, whether that's high school dance teams or college dance teams or commercials and things like that. So I just called my friend Raquel who was on the Rams team last year and asked her when auditions were. And she told me they were this upcoming Sunday, so I showed up.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And you?
JINNIES: So I was at lunch break at work. I danced at a show at a theme park. And there was current Rams cheerleaders talking about the upcoming audition very casually. And they told me I should go. And I submitted my email. And I went.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And there you go. What do you think men bring to the sport?
JINNIES: I think we bring a different energy. But it's so funny because a lot of our teammates we've danced with before - I mean, I'm dancing with five girls from high school and people I've known in college and already worked with. So I don't know. It's a dynamic energy and a strength that we all kind of vibe off of.
PERON: That camaraderie almost.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I got to ask you, since I've got you here, if you can give me a little bit of a preview with a cheer. And I think the whole bus is there, so everyone can join in.
PERON: Oh, yes. You guys, can we do a whose house?
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Sure.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Yeah.
PERON: All right. Whose house?
LA RAMS CHEERLEADERS: Rams' house.
PERON: Whose house?
LA RAMS CHEERLEADERS: Rams' house.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) That was awesome. Listen. To you both, I wish you all the best. Congratulations. That was Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, cheerleaders of the Los Angeles Rams. Enjoy the Super Bowl.
PERON: Thank you. Thank you.
JINNIES: Thank you for having us.
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