New Hampshire native Kyle Tanguay is set to make history when he dances onto Lincoln Financial Field as the first man to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders.
“It’s new to see a guy walking around with the cheerleaders and they’ve been so kind and respectful,” Tanguay, who grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire, said. “They have been really rooting for me.”
A new uniform will be made specifically to fit Tanguay, a cheerleading squad representative said.
For his part, Tanguay, a University of the Arts dance student inspired to try out by a classmate already on the squad, isn’t celebrating just yet.
“I can’t celebrate, I have a final tomorrow, so I am going to go home and study, Tanguay said after finding out he made the squad Tuesday night.
Tanguay joins a small group of male cheerleaders around the NFL.
While Tanguay is the first cheerleader that will dance for the Eagles. The team, however, said they had male “spirit” leaders in the past when the squad was known as the Liberty Belles in the 1970s and also at one point had male members of a stunt team.
Last month, Driss Dallahi of Londonderry, New Hampshire was named one of two male cheerleaders for the New England Patriots, the first time the team has had a male cheerleader since the 1980s.