Beth Mowins took the microphone in the broadcast booth for the Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos and became the first woman to call an NFL game in 30 years.
She dreamed of that moment her whole life, from her days as a young girl in Syracuse, New York, broadcasting neighborhood kickball games into a toy microphone and then later calling high school games as a teenager. The last woman to call an NFL game was Gayle Sierens in 1987, and when Mowins was a kid, her dad cut out a photo of Sierens from a newspaper and gave it to his daughter.
She thought then, “I can do it, too,” she told CNN recently.
She was right.
Her resume is solid. Sierens endorsed her in a Secret ad that aired Monday night and was shared by superstar Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. And throughout the game, it was clear she knew what she was talking about: statistics, stories and technical analysis. She showed she could do what no woman had done for decades.
During the game, football fans coudn’t stop talking about her game-calling. Reactions ran the gamut.
Mowins was joined by former NFL coach Rex Ryan, who also made his regular-season NFL game-calling debut. Critics mostly took issue with Mowins’ voice or the idea that ESPN gave her the role solely because she’s a woman.
Others, including other sports reporters in the industry, celebrated her performance.
Want to make up your own mind about how she did? Listen to this:
Mowins’ response to all this?
“I’ve come to understand over the years that you’re not going to please everybody,” she told Bleacher Report. “Some people are not interested in seeing a woman in this role. But there are a lot of people who do come into this with an open mind, and it’s up to me to prove to them that I’m qualified for the job and can get it done.”
Did you listen to the game? What did you think of her performance?
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