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The Super Bowl just got blacker: Amber Lockwood becomes first Black Woman to coach In playoff game

Autumn Lockwood is an assistant sports performance coach, and as she joins the Eagles staff on the field come February 12th.

She’ll carve out her place in history as the first African American woman to coach in a Super Bowl and as only the fourth woman to do so in total. It’s a fact that isn’t lost on the organization or the NFL itself.

“With the Philadelphia Eagles advancing to SBLVII, Coach Autumn Lockwood will become 4th woman to coach in a Super Bowl, and the first Black woman to do so”

Autumn Lockwood is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has served in her current role with the Eagles since August 2022.

In addition, Nicole Lynn—agent to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts—also makes history by becoming the first Black woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl.

This news comes after the monumental announcement that after 35 years Hurts—Patrick Mahomes—will become the first Black quarterbacks to face off in a Super Bowl.

The NFL was heavily criticized for the 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. Soon after, the league claimed that they would make changes.

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Written by Jamil Johnson