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Jennifer King Shares Her Thoughts after Being Named Washington Football Team's Assistant Coach

Busayo Ogunjimi
Mar 05, 2021
09:15 A.M.

Newly appointed Washington Football Team's assistant running backs coach, Jennifer King, has opened up about her history-making promotion in the NFL and her initial reaction to the news.

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Jennifer King recently made history as the first Black woman to become a full-time coach in the National Football League (NFL). Now, the 36-year-old is opening up about her latest achievement.

Speaking to Guardian, King revealed that unlike how many others would have reacted, she did not have any personal celebratory moment after being told of her promotion.

Photo of a leather ball | Photo: Pexels

Photo of a leather ball | Photo: Pexels

The 36-year-old explained that even though she was excited and thankful about the news, she did not understand the magnitude of her new title until people started raving about it.

King's promotion to assistant running backs coach comes after about two years of working as an intern coach with major teams in the NFL. First, the Carolina Panthers and then the Washington Football Team.

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Her career in the NFL dates back to 2006 when she started playing women's football. This, she did until 2017, when she decided it was time to go on a different path.

After meeting Ron Rivera, then head coach of the Carolina Panthers, King sold her dreams of becoming an NFL coach to him, and unsurprisingly, he was impressed.

Similarly, 47-year-old Sarah Thomas has made history as the first female to officiate at the Super Bowl.

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King soon started her coaching internship with the Carolina Panthers, and when Rivera left to coach the Washington Football Team, he brought her along.

With the Washington Football Team, King continued working as a coaching intern until recently, when Rivera walked into her office, telling her she was officially a full-time assistant running backs coach.

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Though King is the first Black female to reach the position of full-time coach, she is not the only woman making waves in the NFL. Currently, there are eight female coaches in the football league, and in their own right, they are all successful.

Of the eight female coaches, six made it to the playoffs. Two are also already Super Bowl champions. To King, this is proof that, contrary to what people might think, diversity wins.

Similarly, 47-year-old Sarah Thomas has made history as the first female to officiate at the Super Bowl. She also holds the record as the first female full-time official in the NFL.

With women continually breaking barriers and making history, it becomes evident that indeed diversification wins. And for King, this is only the starting point.

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