The NFL Is Getting Its First Full-Time Female Coach

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In an epic promotion, Kathryn Smith has become the first woman in NFL history to be selected for a full-time coaching position. Smith will be the new special teams quality control coach for the Buffalo Bills.

The NFL's history of hiring women, and the league's history of domestic abuse, mean the move is almost inconsequential in terms of the work that needs to be done to change attitudes around the sport.

Still, women make up roughly 45 percent of the NFL's fan base, and plenty of women even play tackle football.

Natalie Randolph used to play for a team called the D.C. Divas. Later she became head coach of the Coolidge High School football team in Washington, D.C.—the Coolidge Colts.

Randolph, now an 8th grade physical science teacher at Alice Deal Middle School, reflects on Smith's promotion and what it means for the sport overall.