Rams hold cheerleader auditions, including some male hopefuls

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Hundreds of hopefuls have struggled their stuff to try and get a spot in the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading team.

And this year the crowd was slightly more diverse than usual.

Of the 230 candidates who showed up for Sunday auditions at the USC Galen Center, 11 were men and two had a disability.

Last year the team added two male cheerleaders to the team.

Choreographer John Peters said it was no way out.

“Last year we were not going to write history,” Peters said. “It just happened, we had two gentlemen for our audition, they did everything we asked the women.”

And they were good enough to make the team.

That led the Rams to make history of the NFL, with the first male cheerleaders appearing in the Super Bowl.

Both men – Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies – were classically trained dancers and performed throughout their lives.

Trenton Cockerl-Patrick was one of the men who tried to follow in their footsteps on Sunday.

“It really is a dream come true,” he said. “I am from New York, I am relatively new to LA, great, I love the energy of today, I love the atmosphere, it is very exciting.”

After trying out the team from last season – including Peron and Jinnies – the candidates will discover if they will continue to the final auditions. The next major hurdle to passing is the interview process.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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