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Buffalo Bills bolster coaching ranks, hire Callie Brownson as intern

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Brownson becomes the third female coach in Buffalo Bills’ franchise history.

When the Buffalo Bills held training camp at St. John Fisher College this summer, Callie Brownson was there as a training camp intern for the Bills.

On Wednesday, the Bills announced they were bringing Brownson back as a coaching intern on head coach Sean McDermott’s staff for the upcoming season.

Brownson, 29, gained notoriety during the 2018 NCAA football season when she made history as the first full-time female coach in Division I when she served on the Dartmouth College coaching staff as recruiting coordinator.

Brownson is following in the footsteps of Kathryn Smith, who herself made coaching history when she served as special teams quality control coach for the Bills in 2016 under then-head coach Rex Ryan. Smith became the first woman to serve as a full-time coach in the NFL, while Brownson becomes the third female coach in Bills history.

A participant in the NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum during the previous winter, Brownson’s specific responsibilities have not yet been revealed. Typically, NFL coaching interns will serve in quality control for a particular position on a team.