That means Brownson is the highest-ranking female coach in league history, according to Sam Rapoport, the NFL’s senior director of diversity, equality and inclusion.
Brownson was made the interim tight ends coach for the game after coach Drew Petzing was unable to travel. His wife, Louisa, gave birth to the couple’s first child Saturday morning, according to the Cleveland Browns.
Before the game in Jacksonville, Brownson appeared to respond on Twitter to the announcement, saying, “I’m just, thankful.”
One of her players, tight end Austin Hooper, scored a touchdown in the game and helped lift the Browns to win 27-25 over the Jaguars.
Recent historic accomplishments by women in the NFL, and the frequency of them, aren’t a coincidence.
Rapoport likened it to a snowball effect started by the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum, first held in 2017. That initiative, held this year during the NFL scouting combine, has created a talent pipeline connecting women working in college football with leaders in professional and collegiate football.
Bronson attended the forum in 2017 and went on to work with the New York Jets in scouting. She was then hired as a coaching intern with the Buffalo Bills, according to a Cleveland Browns news release.
“I think without question we are going to see (a female general manager) and head coach. It’s just a matter of when, it’s just a matter of that pipeline,” Rapoport said. “That person, that woman, is ready.”