New England Patriots recruit male cheerleaders


The Super Bowl champions announced that Driss Dallahi and Steven Sonntag had joined as cheerleaders on March 30, ahead of the 2019 NFL season. The two said that they were delighted and inspired by the story of the first two male cheerleaders in the major sport – Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron. Speaking to NBC, Dallahi said: “At least in my lifetime, it was the first time I had seen two men do something like that.”Other NFL teams, including the New Orleans Saints, also allow men to join their cheerleading teams. However, Dallahi and Sonntag will be the first to cheer for the Patriots in decades of the club’s history. Dallahi said: “Walking [into tryouts] I knew people were going to look at me — one, because I am over 6 feet tall, and two, because I am a male.” The two dancers met for the first time at auditions in March, and there were ,any men auditioning, but only two of them were applied.


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