The most important words you can ever tell someone is ‘I believe in you.’ Scott, I know the best way that I can repay you is by continuing to open the door for others and I will do my best to continue what you have started and what you continue to do.” Pioli has been instrumental in helping two gay people in the NFL who told their stories publicly this year.
In addition to mentoring Sowers, he was also was instrumental in former Patriots and Chiefs lineman Ryan O’Callaghan coming to terms with his sexual orientation.
Sowers’ hiring by the 49ers has inspired women who play pro football and hope to crack the NFL coaching ranks.
"Katie's climb through professional football is huge for women everywhere, especially gay woman, and as a gay woman it means a lot to me personally,” said Rebecca Fernandez, a defensive ends coach for the Seattle Majestics of the Women's Football Alliance and a sportscaster and creator of My Gay Life Podcast.
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During his time at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has been consistently great.
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The fact that Katie can live her dream on an NFL sideline and be who she is, 100%, is so incredible." Sowers has a girlfriend, Sheila.
“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers, openly lesbian, told Outsports when asked why she is discussing her sexual orientation publicly for the first time.
“There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.
"I happen to think already that he’s the greatest coach to ever coach college football.
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers is a pro football pioneer.