San Francisco’s offensive assistant, who was the first woman and openly gay coach in Super Bowl history, reminded her Twitter followers Monday morning to respect her and the team’s players.
“I wanted this so bad for my guys... for my dad. Congrats to the @Chiefs,” she wrote. “Please as you comment to my players or staff members, remember we are all human. As @TheEllenShow says, Be Kind. This loss has unfortunately reminded me of the hatred in this world.”
I wanted this so bad for my guys... for my dad. Congrats to the @Chiefs ... please as you comment to my players or staff members, remember we are all human. As @TheEllenShow says, Be Kind. This loss has unfortunately reminded me of the hatred in this world— Katie Sowers (@KatieSowers) February 3, 2020
The Chiefs bested the 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV, completing a miraculous 10-point comeback to capture their first championship in 50 years. The turning point came midway through the fourth quarter, when Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on 3rd-and-15 for a 44-yard bomb that placed the Chiefs deep in Niners territory. They scored a touchdown three plays later, cutting San Francisco’s lead to three.
Kansas City took the lead on its next possession when Mahomes found running back Damien Williams for a five-yard score.
Despite the heartbreak, Sowers, who’s an inspiration to women and LGBTQ sports fans, ended the evening with an uplifting post on social media.
It’s an important message for the Niners to keep in mind. They took a giant step forward this season, winning 13 games and rolling their way to the Super Bowl. They have one of the best defenses in the league, and Garoppolo is entrenched at quarterback. Despite his Super Bowl shortcomings, he was the only starting QB in the league this season to finish in the top five in touchdown passes, completion percentage and yards per completion.
Prior to the Big Game, Garoppolo spoke glowingly about Sowers’ leadership and coaching ability.
“She been tremendous,” he told reporters. “Katie was here before I was, but just what she does with the receivers, all the skill positions guys, how she interacts with them. It’s special. She’s feisty, man. Katie is awesome out there. She’ll get after guys… It’s fun to be around.”
Just four years ago, Sowers was a high school athletic director who decided to leave her full-time job to an internship with the Atlanta Falcons that paid $10 per hour. And now, she’s coached in a Super Bowl, and was also the star of a well-received Microsoft ad.
The Super Bowl may have ended in disappointment for the Niners, but as Sowers was wise to remind everyone, it’s just the beginning.