By Annalece Montgomery
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We at the FCFL have already expressed our admiration for creative endzone and sack celebrations – whether it’s Travis Kelce winning a potato sack race or the Minnesota Vikings playing duck, duck, goose. But what about the stellar performances from NFL cheerleaders?
CNN reported that the NFL’s first male dancers will hit the sidelines this season. Both the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints will have male cheerleaders joining their squads.
For Los Angeles, Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have been preparing since they were named to the squad in March. After they made history, Jesse Hernandez was inspired to attend a clinic and try out for the New Orleans Saints’ Saintsations. He was selected to the squad in April.
The Rams and Saints aren’t the first to break away from traditional all-female cheerleading squads. The Green Bay Packers are known for using coed college cheerleading squads since 1988 – but at home games only. Meanwhile other teams, like the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, feature stuntmen on their squads – but they do not perform the same routines side by side with the women.
Is there an opportunity for men and women to perform together on the FCFL sidelines? We’re looking to the FANS for input here! Our goal is to change how fans experience football, and that isn’t restricted to the play on the field or how you watch the game. Do our fans want some form of sideline entertainment? Do they care who’s on the sidelines – Ladies? Gentlemen? Kids? Do they even think the entertainment needs to be in the venue? What if FCFL team cheer squads are virtual? Cheer avatars anyone? Fans, what can you dream up? Let us know!
Power To The FANS!