Katie Sowers, first woman to coach in Super Bowl, shares her story

Katie Sowers was not initially able to fully apply the lessons she taught.

As a child, she instructed some neighbors how to properly throw a football and tackle. That paid off when those neighbors made the school football team, beaming with smiles. They got what she always wanted, but she didn’t, Sowers said.

“I still remember the day when those boys that I taught how to throw a football came home with a school jersey, and I remember being happy for them,” Sowers said Tuesday during a speech as part of the Women’s Intersport Network luncheon at Columbia College . “And I remember thinking, ‘Well, that’s never gonna happen (for me).'”

Sowers’ pioneering journey in the game of football has come a long way, playing in the Women’s Football Alliance before becoming the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl – as well as the first openly gay coach in the NFL.

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