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Reax to Katie Sowers going to the Super Bowl is giving us life

Forget the haters. The buzz around 49ers Assistant coach Katie Sowers and her historic role in the Super Bowl is what we need right now.

San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers throws passes on the field before their NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.
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Few stories of ours have been as popular as the news that San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers will make history by being both the first woman, and the first out gay member of an NFL team’s coaching staff to take part in a Super Bowl. For those living under a rock or those who are not fans of American football, the Niners will meet the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Miami, with kickoff at 6:30pm.

And don’t think we haven’t noticed that readers who cannot get enough of this historic moment in LGBT sports history are mostly drowning out those few, sad solitary voices who have asked why it should matter that Sowers, who came out in 2017 in Outsports, is lesbian.

Because it does. You can read her own comments on the subject by clicking here.

Excitement for Sowers has filled the Twitterverse with photos of her broad smile, applause from other sports stars and celebrities, and even an old video of her own legendary prowess on the gridiron. Here’s just a sample, beginning with the Women’s World Cup winners:

But the best, most heartwarming messages so far, have come from moms and dads, inspired by both her work with the team and her appearance in a moving TV commercial for Microsoft’s tablet.

And we end with some tweets by and about Katie’s twin sister Liz:

Did we mention Liz is Katie’s twin?

Here they are:

Those KC roots are more than skin-deep for Liz and Katie:

Win or lose, Sowers will make history. Outsports will be there to bring you the story.