according to Justine Simone Lindsay, the cheerleader who will wave pom-poms for Sam Darnold or whoever head coach Matt Rhule trots around to take snaps.
Calling it a "dream come true," Justine Simone Lindsay made the big announcement in March, but the news went under the radar until BuzzFeed News did an interview with the new Topcat cheerleader to hear how this will change the NFL forever.
Ms. Lindsay, 29, said including a transgender cheerleader is a "knocking down that door" moment for the cheerleading profession.
“This is big,” she said. “I think more people need to see this. It’s not because I want recognition. It’s just to shed light on what’s going on in the world.”
You're probably thinking that this is just the job of the NFL Diversity and Inclusion team. Topcats director Chandalae Lanouette will have none of that. She says that Justine earned this spot fairly.
“My goal is to create a team of people who are absolute fire on the pitch but are incredible human beings in the locker room, good friends, good people, and at the end of the day you have to walk through the door first to get to that place,” Lanouette told BuzzFeed News.
Now comes Justine. Again, for those trying to keep track at home, this is the first transgender cheerleader in NFL history. In an Instagram post published Monday as news of Justine's BuzzFeed interview broke, she announced, "To all the negative people here in the world, I pray that God continues to bless and love you unconditionally. Stay away."