There isn't much news that comes out of the Nation's Capital in regards to NFL football, but this is some news to celebrate. The Washington Redskins are set to hire Jennifer King as the FIRST full-time African American woman coach in the NFL. This is great news, and well deserved. The NFL is following in the footsteps of the NBA with hiring woman coaches both full-time and part-time, seeing one woman coach be the first assistant to coach in a super bowl last weekend.
Prior to her appointment with the Redskins, King was an offensive assistant coach with Dartmouth College this past season. Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Skins has worked with King previously, hiring her as a wide receivers coaching intern the past two summers while with the Carolina Panthers. According to ESPN, "She also played for the New York Sharks in the Women's Football Alliance and served as an assistant receivers coach for the Arizona Hotshots in the Alliance of American Football."
Rivera said at a Women's Careers in Football Forum, "female coaches are an untapped source. There's a lot of forward thinkers in this room. We're in a production-based business. It's all about winning, and we've got to create that opportunity to win. It doesn't matter who you are. If you bring something special to the table and help us, we most certainly want you." He is not only speaking these words, but living by them, giving King an opportunity to coach in a full-time capacity.
King said she ultimately plans to become an offensive coordinator in the NFL or College.
Congrats, Jennifer. Become the Black superhero for little girls interested in football careers.