Jennifer King made history when she was hired by the Washington Football Team as the first-ever Black woman to be hired as a full-time coach in the NFL.
The Washington Football Team announced on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2021. that Smith will work as the running backs’ coach for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
From intern to full-time, @JenniferKing5 put in the work and earned her spot
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 26, 2021
For King, her feelings of bliss were intensified as she now works for the team she grew up rooting for as a kid in small-town North Carolina.
King told the Washington Post her secret weapon for shattering the glass ceiling in the testosterone-rich environment.
“Having that personal mantra of really trying to be so good that you can’t be denied. And just keep going — if it’s something you really want you have to find a way to get it done and not take no for an answer,” she said.
Chose to retweet this pared back version of the headline. @JenniferKing5 is groundbreaking, a role model to be sure. But she is serving as inspiration today because she earned it as a damn good coach. That’s the lede! @RiverboatRonHC is building a remarkable team of leaders. https://t.co/MQ7xAnSrJZ
— Jason Wright (@whoisjwright) January 26, 2021
This latest life milestone seems like the natural next step for King if you follow her career arch. Flip the page to read more of King’s remarkable journey.