While tattooing certainly qualifies as a male-dominated industry, it's nothing compared to professional football. Not only is the NFL an entirely male sports league, men have dominated the coaching positions for the history of the sport. However, Katie Sowers is looking to change that.
Katie Sowers is the second female full-time coach in NFL history (following Kathryn Smith who worked as a Special Teams Quality Control Coach for the Buffalo Bills). Sowers became an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, a team that could make it to Super Bowl LIV. Sowers began playing football at the age of eight and began playing professionally for the West Michigan Mayhem and later the Kansas City Titans. Playing for the Titans led her to become a part of the United States women's national American football team, which she played on until her retirement in 2016. In that same year, she became a wide receiver's intern for the Atlanta Falcons and later moved on to the 49ers in 2017. Sowers worked as a seasonal offensive assistant for two seasons, up until being promoted to a full-time position in 2019.
Prior to the 2017 NFL season, Sowers made history when she came out, becoming the first openly LGBT coach in NFL history. Sower's role in football represents huge progress for the NFL and the offensive assistant takes her position as a role model very seriously.
Let's not forget, Sowers is an avid tattoo enthusiast, having collected a number of black-and-grey tattoos on her hip, back and left arm. What do you think about this tattooed female NFL coach? Are you rooting for the 49ers to make it to the Super Bowl this year? Let us know your thoughts on this story on social media.