Katie Sowers, 33, offensive assistant to the 49ers has created history by becoming the first openly gay woman to coach in a Super Bowl Liv game. She has become an inspiration for millions of women and the LGBT communities across the country.
Her inclination towards football since childhood, made Sowers discover that football meant more to her than just a game. Speaking about football from her childhood days, she said, “(Football has) always just been kind of a natural love. Every time I got a chance to write any kind of journal entry in school, it was always about football. I was constantly talking about it.”
In 2017, Katie Sowers, who hails from Hesston in Kansas, became the first openly gay coach in NFL and worked as a seasonal offensive assistant until her promotion to offensive assistant, last year.
Determined to prove her mettle, Sowers continued doing what she does best, inspiring players to perform better using her experience as a quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back and focusing on the aspects that the team can improve upon. Her impact on the team can be determined from the fact that the season, where she became offensive assistant coach, the team advanced into their first Super Bowl since 2013.
As per sources, in one of the past interactions with Kendrick Bourne, a wide receiver for the team, Sowers’ motivation helped Bourne deliver one of his best performances till date. Seeing Bourne highly dejected in the first pre-season game of his first NFL training camp after dropping two passes and returning to sideline, Katie Sowers said, “Live in the moment. Treat it how you’ve been playing all your life. You’re supposed to be here.”
Speaking about the interaction with Katie Sowers, Bourne said, “I always think about that. That was just a big moment in my life. It was her first year, my first year. She was finding her way; I was finding my way. I just felt like her giving me that tip helped me make my way.”
Apart from Bourne, players like Jimmy Garoppolo, Emmanuel Sanders and Kyle Juszczyk have also spoken highly of Sowers.
Even though it is uncertain if 49ers can win their first Super Bowl game against the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Kansas City Chiefs, Katie Sowers has surely created history and paved a path for the queer community in sports.