On Monday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Beth Mowins will become the first woman in 30 years to call play-by-play for an NFL game. There’s plenty to look forward to besides that, of course, in the season opening game for the Broncos vs. the Chargers. It's the first contest in the Vance Joseph head-coaching era, and the first opportunity for Trevor Siemian to entrench himself as quarterback -- or for Broncos Country to howl for Paxton Lynch or -- Brock Osweiler! -- to replace him.
Today we're focused on Mowins though. She talks to Colorado Matters about prepping to work the game with former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who will be making his own debut as a broadcaster. Their only experience working together came in a pair of non-televised practice games during the preseason. Mowins will look back at the dreams and hard work that brought her to this historic moment.
In case you're wondering, the only other woman to call an NFL regular season game was Gayle Sierens, who did a contest between Seattle and Kansas City in 1987.
Interview Highlights With Beth Mowins:
On her historic debut:
"I have come to appreciate and embrace the significance of the moment, but honestly Ryan, I've worked hard my whole life to talk about sports, so that is the thing first and foremost on my mind -- the game. But I do understand that there are a lot of young people watching and a lot of women watching where, you know what? If I can give them something positive to look forward to, or encourage anybody out there who has a dream to go chase it, then that's great."
On getting the chance to call "Monday Night Football":
"I will always be grateful to the (Oakland) Raiders (Mowins has called their preseason games the last two years). They gave me a chance, and I've always thought that no matter what industry you're in, or how competitive it is, you don't need millions of people to get a job, you need one or two or a handful of people that think a little differently, that will ask a new question, and I'm forever grateful to the Raiders for not asking, 'Well, why should a woman do this?' They asked, 'Well, why not?'"
On the language she uses to describe the action on the field:
"I was an English major growing up and have always loved a catchy turn of phrase...I'm a big fan of alliteration, and while I don't prepare anything ahead of time, I do on occasion spend a moment with my head buried in a Thesaurus...I love finding more descriptive words if I can to describe a particular moment or a particular (play)...I do take a little bit of pride in trying to find on the fly, off the top of my head, the right way to describe the action...There are a lot of different ways just to describe a pass ... you can pass it, you can sling it, you can float it, you can rifle it...there's all different kinds of ways, I think, to describe a pass without getting too flowery, or getting too far away from the fact that a pass is still a pass."