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Katie Sowers will become the first female and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history

Katie Sowers, who is an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, will make history when she steps on the field. Having been with the 49ers for just two seasons, she will become the first female, and the first openly LGBTQ+ assistant coach to work at the event according to USA Today. She previously worked with the Atlanta Falcons.

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” she told Outsports when asked why she is discussing her sexual orientation publicly for the first time in 2017 “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.

In an advertisement with a tablet company that aired during the NFC championship game, Sowers read from a journal she wrote as a child that expressed her desire to one day be a member of a professional football team.

“I hope someday I will be a good football player,” she wrote at the time. “I am good at football. When we play football at home, I can make a touchdown in one catch. I am the leader of our football club.”

“I hope, someday, I will be on a real football team,” Sowers reads in the commercial.

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