NFL's first male cheerleaders to make debut during preseason games

Three historic rookies will step out onto the field during NFL preseason action this Thursday, but they won't be donning helmets or pads.

For the first time in league history, two teams -- the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams -- will feature male cheerleaders on the sidelines during games.

While several other NFL teams employ male stuntmen, the men on the Rams and Saints' squads will perform the same dance moves as their female counterparts. 

"Still can't [believe] I'm one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!" Napoleon Jinnies tweeted after he made the Rams squad.

Jinnies, who is also listed as a freelance makeup artist and beauty blogger, will be joined in Los Angeles by Quinton Peron. Jesse Hernandez is the sole man to make the Saints' Saintsations roster

Peron says he's most looking forward to "making a difference" as a Rams cheerleader, and it seems like he already is. In an April video, Hernandez said that Peron and Jinnies making the Rams team was one of the reasons he decided to try out for the Saintsations. 

The men will make their first appearance as the Saints take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Rams face off against the Baltimore Ravens when full NFL preseason action begins on Thursday.

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: The Detroit Lions cheerleaders perform during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions on December 31, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader performs during the NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings on January 21, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Eagles won 38-7.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN December 31: A Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader performs during an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts on December 31, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis IN. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Houston Texans 22-13. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31: The Bucs cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 31, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Bucs defeated the Saints 31-24. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Cheerleader of the Tennessee Titans performs during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Jaguars 15-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform prior to an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons on December 31, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Atlanta Falcons won the game 22-10. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 31: A Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader does the Skol Chant with the fans during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 31, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-10.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, December 31, 2017. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31: A Bucs cheerleader during the second half of an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 31, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Bucs defeated the Saints 31-24. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 25: Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders perform during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 19-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: Houston Texans cheerleaders entertain fans during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans on December 25, 2017 at NRG Stadium at Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the came against the at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 17: A New Orleans Saints cheerleader performs during a NFL game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Detroit Lions cheerleaders in action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions on December 16, 2017, at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN December 14: A Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader performs during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts on December 14, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis IN. The Denver Broncos defeated the Indianapolis Colts 25-13. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 10: Chargers cheerleader during a NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 10, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: The Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the game against the New York Giants at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 3, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform before the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons on December 3, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Vikings beat the Falcons 14-9. (Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26: A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader performs during a timeout against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 26: An Arizona Cardinals cheerleader performs during the first half of the NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jaguars 27-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 19: New Orleans Saints cheerleaders perfomr during a NFL game agains the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Cheerleaders of the Tennessee Titans salute the military during a game against the Cincinnatti Bengals at Nissan Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: The San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders doing a routine during the regular season game between the New York Giants verses the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 5: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform as the Cowboys play the Kansas City Chiefs at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: The Buccaneers cheerleaders perform during the second half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 29, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Panthers defeated the Bucs 17-3. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 22: A cheerleader for the Minnesota Vikings performs during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens on October 22, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN October16: A Tennessee Titans Cheerleader performs during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans on October16, 2017, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville TN. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 36-22. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: New York Jets Flightcrew cheerleader performs during the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots on October 15, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: A Denver Broncos cheerleader performs during a game between the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders during the NFL AFC game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs on October 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: The Oakland Raiders Raiderettes perform during their NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 15: Washington Redskins cheerleaders dance at FedExField on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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