‘Unforgettable’ night for Eagles Cheerleaders as 2019 season begins (PHOTOS)

'Unforgettable' night for Eagles Cheerleaders as 2019 season begins (PHOTOS)

The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders perform during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Just like the thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans in attendance for the first preseason game of the 2019 season, Kyle Tanguay was more than excited for the football season to begin.

But unlike the fans sitting in the seats at Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night, Tanguay was on the field, the only male to perform as one of 36 members of the Eagles Cheerleading Squad this year.

The 21-year-old dance student at the University of the Arts made the team in April after being the first male contestant to audition in the cheerleaders’ 61 years of existence and the only one this year.

“I’m excited to see the fans embrace me,” Tanguay said, standing with fellow first-year cheerleaders Gabriela Bren and Nicole Hillis hours before they took the field. Tanguay added that during the only open practice of the training camp last Sunday, the fans were very supportive.

Hillis, 25, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, said she was nervous, but performing in front of her hometown crowd would be a dream come true.

Bren, 25, of Delran, grew up an Eagles fan and knows the energy that surrounds every home game.

“I was in the stands, I felt the energy from the stands, and now I can feel it on the field as well,” she said.

That energy was alive on kickoff and continued after Jake Elliot hit a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead, and picked up during the second quarter after starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s 75-yard touchdown pass down the sideline receiver Marken Michel.

Just before the end of the half, Sudfeld broke his left wrist falling to the ground after a late hit by Titans linebacker Isiah Mack. Sudfeld had a strong game before the injury, completing 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Although the Eagles lost, 27-10, the game will be one to remember for Tanguay, thanks to Miche’s touchdown.

“It was unforgettable to run onto the field and do the Eagles Fight Song with my teammates,” he said.

The Eagles travel to Jacksonville next Thursday to face Nick Foles and the Jaguars at 7 p.m.

Scroll below to see more photos of the Eagles Cheerleaders in action.

Tim Hawk can be reached at thawk@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Tim on Instagram @photog_hawk and Twitter @photogthawk.

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