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With Super Bowl LVII fast approaching, the playoff game continues to get more and more historic. Today, the NFL’s official Instagram account announced that Autumn Lockwood will become the first black woman to coach in the Super Bowl.

The post read:

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“As the @philadelphiaeagles head into #SBLVII, coach Autumn Lockwood will become the 4th woman to coach in a Super Bowl and the first black woman to do so. What an achievement!’

Additionally, Nicole Lynn, the agent of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, is also making history by becoming the first black woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl.

During the 2022 interview Sports IllustratedHurts noted.

“I admire someone who puts his head down and works for what he wants. And I know women who do it every day, but they don’t get the same praise as men. they don’t get the praise they deserve. I have seen this in my life now with many different women who are abusive. Athletes, coaches, women in the sports business world. I see it all the time. And they deserve their flowers too. So if me saying something about it brings more attention to it, then I’m all for it.”

The news comes on the heels of the monumental announcement that Hurts-Patrick Mahomes would become the first black quarterbacks to play in the Super Bowl in 35 years. The NFL was heavily criticized for their lack of diversity and the way San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was treated in 2016 after he remained seated during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The league soon announced they would be making changes.

In 2019, the NFL partnered with Roc Nation to diversify their talent for the Super Bowl halftime show. In 2020, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez headlined the halftime show. In 2021, it was The Weeknd, and last year, performers included Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.

This year’s halftime headliner is Rihanna, and frankly, we want to see more black people flourish both on and off the court.

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