Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kyle Tanguay talks to 6abc

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kyle Tanguay talks to 6abc

When Kyle Tanguay’s number was called and his name announced as the newest Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader, it was an unbelievable moment for him.

The College of Arts student said she was more excited for her roommate, who was selected moments earlier, than the rest of the cheerleading squad has been rooting for since Tuesday night’s Eagles Cheer Final Auditions.

“When I got out there, they were so excited. They were all so excited to start working with the Eagles. They’ve all been contacting me since last night to say ‘congratulations,’ ‘we’re so excited.’ you,’ ‘we can’t wait to start working with you,'” he said. Tanguay told 6abc.com on Wednesday.

Tanguay, who has been identified by the organization as the team’s first male cheerleader, did not grow up an Eagles fan, in fact, he did not grow up in Philadelphia.

When he moved from New Hampshire to Philly he was bitten by the Bird bug.

“I grew up in New England, it’s a very sports-oriented place, but I was never into anything. I went to Philly to get a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University. I live in Center City.

There’s something about the environment in Philadelphia and the way sports are viewed and respected that really got me into it,” Tanguay said.

Tanguay started seeing the Eagles with her roommate’s boyfriend (the roommate who made the team) early in the Eagles’ Super Bowl Championship season. Doug Pederson was fascinated by the team’s ups and downs.

“After that season, I knew – this team took me as someone who had never really followed football and now I’m in love with the team. There’s something to be said for that. I’ve followed them ever since. I’ve seen every game this season. Living in Philadelphia, Center City- being in, you can’t be in this community and not be very excited about the sport,” Tanguay said.

A little over a year ago, Tanguay crossed paths with one of her friends who had some exciting news: she had just made the Eagles Cheer squad. He told her that he would follow in her footsteps.

“Worst thing that would happen, they’d say no. I’m going to go for it. I trained. My roommate and I worked together, we trained all season. We worked on fitness and dance training. . We went for it,” Tanguay said.

After people heard about her goal of being an Eagles cheerleader, she would tell Tanguay, ‘Wow, are you really going? Do you think they would put a man on their team?”

A man on an NFL cheerleading squad is not a common site, but it is something that has been seen recently.

Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies were the first male cheerleaders for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. They were also the first to play in the Super Bowl.

Jesse Hernandez was selected for the Saintsations, the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad.

Eagles was the only male contestant to appear at the open call, but hopes others will be encouraged to try out in the future.

“I think it’s really exciting to see this happen in the NFL. It’s really unbelievable. We’ve all worked really hard in our training to earn our spots on these teams. I can speak for myself to the Eagles, if they’re there. They were thinking about trying out for the Eagles Cheerleading squad. I’d cheer for any guy,” Tanguay said. “Hearing my name called and breaking that barrier was really exciting for me.”

Tanguay said the Eagles have not been inclusive and supportive during his testing.

“I said so much since the beginning of this process, every time I show up at the Linc or NovaCare, every single person at Barbara Zaun, the Eagles’ Director of Entertainment, the staff that helps us check in at events, they’ve been so kind and considerate to me. They’ve really rooted for me. throughout the whole process,” said Tanguay.

His family couldn’t make it to the finals to hear his name called, but they were all watching live in New England. Tanguay’s grandmother had to call her mother to share her happiness. And his younger brother has just been introduced to football on Tanguay’s cheerleading trip.

Tanguay said the cheerleading team already feels like a family because they have been training together for weeks.

And, in case there was any doubt, he has the Eagles Fight Song on repeat as he prepares for his debut.

“We actually have a playlist that we play in the apartment every time we get ready for the Eagles and it’s pretty much ‘Fly Eagles Fly,’ all these different renditions over and over again. So we’ve memorized it and we’re ready for the world to hear this season. so that he can,” said Tanguay.

Tanguay started training dance at the age of 10. Now 21, he’s training to dance on the sidelines as Carson Wentz, DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz take the field at the Linc in the fall.

“I was walking today, I was on the phone with the Eagles, and all my friends were coming up to me. Someone who lives two blocks down stopped me and said, ‘I saw your story on 6abc, that’s awesome. Congratulations. ‘ Be crazy. it’s waking up this morning and my phone’s been disconnected. It’s definitely a different feeling when I’m walking around Philadelphia today,” Tanguay said.

He hopes the fear of failure will discourage other men from trying to become the next NFL cheerleader.

“It’s been a great experience and I say go for it, reach for your dreams, the sky’s the limit. If it’s ever a no, it’s just another yes. So keep pushing, keep training, and it’ll be a no. and keep working, really not there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you work for it,” Tanguay said.

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