The NFL declared itself officially gay this year shortly after Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out via an Instagram post during Pride Month. While Nassib made history as the league’s first out, gay active player, the cheerleading squads of many NFL teams have been featuring out male members for years!
The New England Patriots welcomed two out cheerleaders, Driss Dallahi (l) and Steven Sonntag (c), to their squad in 2019. And this year, they welcomed a third, rookie Parker West (r). All three are talented dancers and athletes! To introduce you to the boys, we’ve curated a few of our fave pics of Dallahi, Sonntag, and West so that you can get to know them!
Photos by Mark Johnson, New England Patriots
Sonntag told WTBS Boston he first met Dallahi at their tryouts in 2019. It was the first time men had tried out for the team.
"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," Sonntag said at the time, adding the pair coordinated colors and clothing.
Photo by @drissj.dallahi
And West has high hopes for his future.
"In five years, I see myself starring in a reality TV show and being an influencer and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness," he said.
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