Renegades linebacker receives recognition from Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
Spring Gamble receives gift of NFL Super Bowl trip for her trailblazing efforts in football and coaching
January 30, 2020
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) presented Boston Renegades linebacker Spring Gamble #23 with a trip to Miami to attend Super Bowl LIV in recognition of her trailblazing accomplishments as an athlete, football player, football coach, and youth mentor in her community.
Eagles players Boston Scott and Brandon Graham surprised Gamble with the news and two gigantic Super Bowl tickets. A video of the moment, and Gamble’s story, was posted to the Eagles’ website and social media outlets yesterday.
From her West Oak Lane neighborhood, Gamble has been a force in Philadelphia’s local sports scene for well over a decade, starting as a youth athlete. She was one of the only girls to play youth football, excelling also in baseball, softball, and track and field. Gamble began coaching youth football in 2010, and in 2019 she became the first female head coach in the history of Philadelphia’s famed Liberty Youth Athletic Association (Pop Warner).
“The highlight for me was overcoming the stigma that women couldn’t grasp the sport; seeing young men take to me as a coach, believe in my system, believe in me, and the things that we teach them, shows it does not matter what gender you are,” Gamble said.
A spokesperson for the team stated, “The Philadelphia Eagles were so inspired by Spring Gamble’s story that they surprised her and expressed their gratitude for her determination, her service, and her dedication to paving the way for the next generation.”
“Working with youth is something that I always cherish; for the Eagles to recognize me and want to give back to me just means the world to me,” said Gamble.