Nicole Lynn has become the first Black woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl. She is agent to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday while the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a 23-20 victory to reach the finals. The two will face off at Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona.
For the first time in the Super Bowl, two Black starting quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts, will feature. Although this is not the first time Black quarterbacks have featured and won the Super Bowl, at no point in history have there been two Black quarterbacks starting for each side.
When the Eagles face the Chiefs, Lynn’s name will go down in history as the first Black woman to represent a quarterback in the prestigious faceoff.
“I’ve seen that now with tons of different women in my life that are hustlers,” she shared. “Athletes, coaches, women in the business world of sports. I see it all the time. And they deserve their flowers too. So if me saying something about it brings more attention to it, then I’m all for that.”
Lynn and Hurts’ relationship started after the former sent him a direct message asking to be his agent. After impressing Hurt and his father with her management career that spans several NCAA players, she was appointed an agent.
“I know the agent world in the NFL, and all sports, is very male-dominated,” Hurts told Sports Illustrated. “But Nicole was really on top of her stuff. She was prepared. She knew what she was talking about. She was hungry. And she was determined. And I feel that determination like that never rests. Once you come across such a determined individual, that just hits me a little different.”
The decision to make her an agent is historic also because the field is dominated by men, specifically white men. Data from Zippia shows that Whites make up 68.6% of all sports agents. Also, women make up just 23% of U.S. NFL agents. Of that, only 10.4% are Black.
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