As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 Super Bowl, one team has already made history.
Coach Katie Sowers of the 49ers will be a star on the sidelines as she makes history as the first woman and openly gay person to be coaching during a Super Bowl. As an offensive assistant coach, she’ll be working alongside offensive leaders like John Benton to organize and strategize plays.
“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers told Outsports, “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.
Sowers was officially hired back in 2017 as the second full-time assistant female coach in NFL history. She is also the first NFL coach — male or female — to be an out member of the LGBTQ+ community.
“The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day,” she said to Outsports magazine in 2017 upon her initial appointment.