Male cheerleaders in the Super Bowl open opportunities for NJ athletes

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Two men are making history at Super Bowl LIII this year by being the first male cheerleaders in the NFL.

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies are on the Los Angeles Rams' cheer squad and will be cheering at the Super Bowl this year. They are the only men to achieve this type of success on a professional level.

Amateur athletes are say that they are hoping that this paves the way for other male cheerleaders.

Rafael Brown is a senior at Paramus Catholic and has been involved in the sport since seventh grade.

“My goal is to cheer at college,” he says.

Brown says that he was happy to hear about the achievements of Peron and Jinnies.

“It’s awesome having the diversity of having two guys start up a legacy,” he says.

Brown’s coach says that he hopes more boys and young men get involved.

"It makes it so much easier for younger boys to come out and say ‘I want to give this a try and not worry about being picked on or stereotyped,’” says coach Kevin Williams.

Peron and Jinnies also made history last year when they were picked to be on the Rams cheer squad.

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