Friday night, the first-ever male Saintsation took his place on the field and danced.
Our media partners at The Advocate interviewed his mom about his historic achievement, and she said she was nervous.
It wasn’t the preseason game the Saints were about to play against Arizona that worried her — the dance instructor hardly watches football. What mattered to her was how her son would fare in his debut as the first-ever male member of the Saintsations, New Orleans’ NFL dance team, the Advocate reports.
The crowd in the stadium was the biggest Jesse had performed in front of since his dancing career began 23 years ago, at the age of 2.
The teasing and taunts he braved when he became the first boy to perform on the dance team at North Vermilion High School in his hometown of Maurice still stung Tracey, she told The Advocate.
But, she tells the newspaper, she calmed herself by reciting Jesse’s achievements up to this point — the competitions he’s won, the instructor gigs, his stint coaching the dance team for a minor-league hockey franchise in Lafayette that she herself once danced for.
If you’d like to read the rest of the interview with Jesse’s mom, click here.
If you missed it – or you want to see it again – here’s the video of Jesse’s performance: