Last week, a number of Black musicians made history at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. This week, Black History Month continues at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Super Bowl LVII will be the first Super Bowl to feature two Black starting quarterbacks, but the theme of Black history does not end there. Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts is represented by Nicole Lynn and a management team comprised entirely of Black women. As a result, Nicole Lynn will become the first Black female agent to represent a Super Bowl quarterback.
“Historically, sports were created for men. It wasn’t until Title IX in 1972 that it created equal opportunities for boys and girls. But still today, we see the trickle-down effects of the centuries of advantage men had on women in sports,” professor Ashley Gardner of Temple University told the Philadelphia Tribune.
“Women have remained underrepresented in sport leadership for a long time, so Jalen Hurts deciding to bet on women with his all-women team is really unprecedented.”
Nicole Lynn is no stranger to making history in the world of sports. In 2019, her client, Quinnen Williams, was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL Draft. As a result, she became the first Black woman to represent a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Months later, she was certified as an agent in the NBA. In 2021, she earned the title of Football Operations President at Klutch Sports.
“Whether that’s in sports or another industry that is dominated by men,” Brownstone PR Founder Megan R. Smith told the Philadelphia Tribune.
“[Lynn] gives women the confidence to say ‘Let me step in the room and be my authentic self. Let me show up as myself, demand what I’m worth and put the ball in their court. Whether they decide to say yes or no, I showed up.’”