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NFL Makes History: 2 Female Coaches, 1 Female Referee on Field at the Same Time

By Melanie Arter | September 28, 2020 | 11:14am EDT
Washington Football Team’s coaching intern Jennifer King, NFL official Sarah Thomas, and Cleveland  Browns’ chief of staff Callie Brownson (l-r)
Washington Football Team’s coaching intern Jennifer King, NFL official Sarah Thomas, and Cleveland Browns’ chief of staff Callie Brownson (l-r)

The NFL made history during the Washington vs Cleveland Browns football game on Sunday when two female coaches and a female referee were on the field at the same time.
 
Jennifer King serves the Washington Football Team’s full-year coaching intern. Prior to the NFL, she was an offensive assistant coach at Dartmouth and served as an assistant receivers coach and special teams assistant for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, CNN reported.

As a football player, King was a seven-time All-American quarterback and receiver for the Carolina Phoenix of the Women's Football Alliance from 2006-2017.
 
Callie Brownson serves as the Browns’ chief of staff. She was the first full-time female coach at college football’s Division I level when she was named an offensive quality control coach for Dartmouth in 2018.
 
Sarah Thomas officiated the game.
 
Thomas was the first woman to officiate a college bowl game, and five years ago, she was the first female official ever in the NFL.
 
The Cleveland Browns tweeted: “Making history. Today's game marks the first regular-season game in @NFL history to have a female coach on both sidelines + a female official.”

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The Washington Football Team tweeted, "We're more than proud of @JenniferKing5 and all the women who are breaking barriers in our league !!’”

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