Browsing: Featured Football Girl

Describing Anita Marks’ career in a few paragraphs is a challenge, to put it mildly. Marks is currently a sports talk radio host for 660 WFAN in New York, hosts fantasy football shows for Bloomberg Sports, and does a variety of multimedia spots for the New York Giants’ official website, giants.com. Before that she was in Baltimore for four years where she balanced hosting an afternoon radio talk show with television duties for the then-launching MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network).  This was all after launched a long, successful career in the Miami market.  She has also played professional football, as a…

Reeta Hubbard is a football goddess. So says her bio on Twitter, where she has gained a huge following due to her sassy, pointed NFL commentary. Reeta is better known as The NFL Chick (an edgier version of The Football Girl, if you ask me) and has a comprehensive blog aptly titled, TheNFLChick.com, started in 2005 and re-launched in 2008. Reeta’s football knowledge is wide-ranging, but she has a special love for and interest in the Baltimore Ravens. Full of purple pride In honor of the Ravens taking on the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship, there is no better time than…

The San Francisco 49ers made a major hire this year, a person with a Stanford pedigree and widespread connections throughout the league. Her name is Hannah Gordon and she’s the 49ers Director of Legal Affairs.  She’s also our new Featured Football Girl. Melissa Jacobs:  Before we get to how you got your job, can you describe some of the duties of an NFL team’s legal department? Hannah Gordon:  The main thing for us is supporting our revenue groups.  That would be our sponsorship, marketing and ticketing folks and helping them negotiate their sponsorship or vendor deals. They are doing the…

As the Vice President of Marketing for the Baltimore Ravens, Gabrielle Dow wears many hats.  Player corporate appearances, in game entertainment, and Purple, the NFL’s largest club for women, are just a few areas that fall under Dow’s leadership.  I recently had a chance to chat in-depth with Dow about several aspects of her dynamic role. Dow, at a Ravens game, with Senior VP of Public and Community Relations, Kevin Byrne Melissa Jacobs:  Please describe the elements that fall within your job function. Gabrielle Dow:  As the vice president of marketing, I oversee all the fan affinity groups, game entertainment,…

Within the vast umbrella of the NFL are countless women making an impact in a variety of unique “dream jobs.”  Our Featured Football Girl series celebrates these women by taking an inside look at their fascinating careers – how they got there and advice they have for those aiming for similar success. This week’s Featured Football Girl is Amina Hussein, Coordinating Producer, Sunday NFL Countdown. Hussein talks about her meteoric rise at ESPN, the trash talking she engages in with one particular ESPN analyst, and the coolest celebrity she’s met – a name you likely wouldn’t guess in a million…

Within the $9 billion umbrella that is the NFL, there are droves of prominent women.  Our Featured Football Girl series celebrates these women by taking an inside look at their unique careers. This week’s Featured Football Girl is Rebecca Otto, Public Relations and Events Director for Octagon, one of the largest agencies in the NFL and all of sports.  Octagon’s football clients include Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks), Stevie Johnson (Bills), LaMarr Woodley (Steelers), and many more. Melissa Jacobs:  Please tell me what a Public Relations and Events Director does exactly? Rebecca Otto:  I handle all of the public relations, event planning…

This month’s Featured Football Girl, Kenetria Harris is a woman with one of the hardest jobs in the NFL: a player’s wife.  In this in-depth interview, Harris, the newlywed wife of Bears safety, Chris Harris talks candidly about the skepticism she had dating a professional athlete, as well as the emotional stress of watching her soul mate get hit hard week after week.  Plus, we discuss the steps the Harris family has undertaken to ensure their security in case of a lockout, which Harris believes is a distinct possibility. She also recounts the oh so sweet and extremely modern way…

Summer Sanders is known for many things – being an Olympic gold medalist swimmer may come to mind.  Or her more recent turn on Celebrity Apprentice.  But, besides her family, Summer’s biggest passion these days may very well be fantasy football. Summer is an avid, knowledgeable fantasy player who participates in multiple leagues, both as a commissioner and an owner.  As we started our interview, I could sense her excitement over talking about the “sport” in which women are joining in droves.   Check out the entire interview for Summer’s dream fantasy team for 2010, how she plans to improve her…

Meet Jenna Laine.  A USF graduate just three years ago, Jenna already has many feathers in her professional cap.  She covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for SportsFanLive.com.  She just recovered from covering her first Super Bowl (where she conducted 40-plus interviews!).  And while she’s already interviewed names such as Barry Sanders, she really made a splash onto the national scene with her recent, exclusive story about an offensive tackle from Abilene Christian named Tony Washington.  Washington is not your average draftee – he is a registered sex offender.  Jenna covered a difficult situation with thoroughness and objectivity.  It is a…

Nancy Cooley is a fighter.  After countless radiation treatments, surgeries, and reconstructions she is recently in remission from Stage III breast cancer, the prominent disease that affects 1 in 8 women during their lives.  This week I got the chance to visit Nancy at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, where she is back educating high school students about the world of business and the importance of community service (yes, they can co-exist). With shiny, shoulder-length hair, a glowing complexion and a bounce in her step, it would honestly be impossible to peg Nancy as anything but healthy.  After…