First Female to Coach at the Professional Football Championship Game
33-year-old Katie Sowers has already broken through the glass ceiling in the NFL. For the past three years she has been the offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and now she is headed for the Big Game.
Sowers used to play ball in the U.S. Women's National American Football league but left after an injury. Katie went from there to an internship with the Falcons, and that's where she met Kyle Shanahan who later went on to coach the 49'ers. He hired her the rest was history.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gives Sowers a lot of credit for the work she has done with the team's receivers. "She has been tremendous" he told a CBS affiliate. Garoppolo went on to say that she is amazing at interacting with the guys and that she is special, skilled and feisty.
Coach Shanahan says "she is a hard worker and you don't even notice her because she just goes to work and does what's asked."
Sowers is also the League's only openly LGBT coach, making her role in the game on February 2nd doubly historic.