Nicole Lynn is the first African-American woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl. Jalen Hurts, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, is represented by her. The Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, while the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl. The two will square off in Glendale, Arizona, for Super Bowl LVII.
Two Black starting quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts, will appear in the Super Bowl for the first time. Although this is not the first time Black quarterbacks have appeared in and won the Super Bowl, there have never been two Black quarterbacks starting for opposing teams.
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 began when the former asked to be his agent via direct message. She was hired as an agent after impressing Hurt and his father with her management experience with several NCAA players.
“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 hire her as an agent is also historic because the field is dominated by men, particularly white men. According to Zippia data, Whites account for 68.6% of all sports agents. In addition, women account for only 23% of NFL agents in the United States. Only 10.4% of those are black.