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Jennifer King Named First African-American Female Assistant

Jennifer King

The Washington Redskins made history on Monday.

They have officially hired Jennifer King as a full-time coaching intern, making her the first female African-American assistant coach in NFL history.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Monday afternoon, via Twitter.

According to Schefter, King will serve the offensive staff for the entirety of the offseason and regular season. Her main focus will be on running backs, assisting Redskins’ running back coach Randy Jordan.

She previously assisted head coach Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers, but was not full-time. Her first full-time football job was as a receivers coach in the Alliance of American Football, with the Arizona Hotshots. The AAF has since folded.

The first full-time female coach of any race in NFL history is Katie Sowers. Sowers is an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, and also became the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl when the Niners participated in Super Bowl LIV. In addition, she is also the first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history.

King will be a part of all training camp, preseason and regular season offensive activities.

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