Washington-Cleveland game to make NFL history, with two women coaching and one officiating

When the 1-1 Cleveland Browns host the 1-1 Washington Football Team Sunday (1 p.m. ET, Fox), history will be made, regardless of who wins. 

The game will mark the first time in NFL history that women will be on both sidelines coaching and on the field officiating.

A closer look at the women who are taking part in the game:


Thomas was named the league's first female official in 2015. She also became the first woman to officiate in an NFL playoff game when she worked the New England Patriots-Los Angeles Chargers AFC divisional round game on Jan. 13, 2019.

Sarah Thomas was the only on-field female official in the NFL this season. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports)


King, in her first season with Washington, became the first Black woman in the league's history to serve in a coaching capacity in 2018. King was a coaching intern in 2018 with Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers. When Rivera took the head coaching job in Washington, King followed him there as an offensive assistant and full-year coaching intern. 

Jennifer King (Photo: The Associated Press)


After playing in the Women's Football Alliance, Brownson started coaching high school football, then coached at Dartmouth before being hired by Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott in 2019 as a full-season intern. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski hired Brownson as chief of staff shortly after taking over in Cleveland. 

Callie Brownson (Photo: The Associated Press)

The game will be covered by longtime NFL Fox broadcaster Laura Okmin, adding another woman on the sideline to the historic mix. 

Guess who gets to cover this game?! I’m so beyond thrilled to be talking to all 3 rockstars this week and cannot wait to share it on our @NFLonFOX broadcast. Making HERstory!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 https://t.co/QiBeRfIYRf

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