For the first time in decades, two male cheerleaders will be a part of the New England Patriots cheering squad.
Driss Dallahi, 23, and Steven Sonntag, 22, both who are gay, were inspired to audition after seeing the success of out Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders Napoleon Jinnies and Quinton Peron. Jinnies and Peron performed with the Rams cheering squad at the Super Bowl.
“At least in my lifetime, it was the first time I had seen two men do something like that,” Dallahi told WBTS-TV.
Dallahi and Sonntag were the only men who auditioned.
“I attended that workshop and walked in and heard there was another boy, and so I was immediately looking around trying to find him,” Sonntag says. “We didn’t really know the criteria for male cheerleaders auditioning for the New England Patriots, so we kind of created that together in texting back and forth.”
Both men made the cut and they are now the first male cheerleaders to be on the squad since the 1980s.