Sky's NFL analyst Phoebe Schecter is history-making Brit despite American accent

by 24britishtvFeb. 12, 2024, 2:40 a.m. 22
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Sky Sports NFL analyst Phoebe Schecter has been knocking down barriers all her life.

The US-born Brit, 33, is a former American football player and coach, who turned to broadcasting after calling time on her on-field career. She used to captain Great Britain's women's American Football team, leading them to the final of the 2015 European Championships, and made history by becoming the NFL's first ever British female coach that same year.

She landed a two-year coaching internship with the Buffalo Bills and never looked back. "Once I found American Football, it was a case of 'I love this, I'm so passionate about this', how do I make this my career and how do I make this my career and be as close to it as I can be?" she told Sky Sports.

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"It has been a lot of studying, a lot of work behind the scenes. I look at my first training camp and I didn't know anything. I was like a deer in the headlights essentially."

Her stint with the Bills was a rousing success, and the franchise was keen to extend her stay, but a job offer to coach the Birmingham Lions lured her back across the pond. In 2020 she completed a master's degree in sports coaching at the University of Birmingham, writing her dissertation on the impact of female coaches in American football.

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Around the same time she began working with NFL UK, who asking her to help run the newly-formed NFL Academy. A few months later her broadcasting career began. She joined Sky Sports and has been providing expert analysis and insight on NFL games ever since.

"All along, I wanted to help be a connection between the U.S. and the U.K.," she said. "I don't think I knew what that looked like until I got into broadcasting."

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When asked what advice she would give to women seeking a career in American football, she said: "Chase your passion and let as many people as possible know what you want to do. The more people who know what you want to accomplish, the more who can help you achieve those goals. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because none of us have gotten where we are without the help of others."

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