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Sam Rapoport

Knocked down barriers for female football players and fans. 

Sam Rapoport

Knocked down barriers for female football players and fans. 

Who: Sam Rapoport, NFL’s Director of Football Development 

The Story: When you think of Sam Rapoport, you think of the word “forward”. 

That’s because she’s dedicated her entire career to instilling girl power into the sport of football. 

Her list of accomplishments have pushed that mission forward, ever since she discovered football as a passion. She landed her first job with the NFL by impressing the VP of Player Personnel with her game footage. She used her NFL relationship to advance girls’ flag football and leveraged that experience to become USA Football’s Director of Football Development. 

Her latest challenge will allow her to continue breaking down barriers for female football players, as she recently accepted a position with the NFL to oversee adult female football development. 

“The sport of football is the most incredible in the world. I am passionate about exposing the ‘other 50%’ of the population to its benefits.” – Sam Rapoport

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Coaches & Administrators

01Rick Tune

Educated students and players on the importance of teamwork. 

02Tony Dungy

Educated coaches and athletes about effective leadership techniques. 

03Pete Carroll

Educated individuals about how they can be the best person possible through speaking engagements, applications and training sessions. 

04Dave Cisar

Educated youth football coaches on how to run effective programs with healthy environments.

05Lou Marinelli

Motivated his peers to embrace technology in sports. 

06Mark Caldwell

Educated golfers through video analysis. 

07Jen Welter

Inspired female athletes to challenge themselves to leave a lasting legacy.

08Sam Rapoport

Knocked down barriers for female football players and fans. 

09Tuffy Latour

Embraced the power of video analysis as a way to improve player technique. 

10Steven Allen

Educated the water polo community on the importance of technology in the sport. 

11 Bobby Carr

Exhibited great determination when he decided to leave a powerhouse behind to pursue a new challenge. 

12Joe Daniel

Educated the football community through engaging content. 

13John Marinelli

Encouraged the adoption of technology related to video review and statistical analysis.

14Brandon Houston

Fostered conversations between thousands of coaches. 

15Eric Fisher

Drove interest in American Football in Mexico through technology and inspired students to seek higher education. 

16Neil Hope

Stressed the importance of video in player development. 

17Geoff Meyer

Fostered collaboration and conversation with key leaders in youth football. 

18Michael Breed

Educated golfers through engaging instruction and entertaining analysis. 

19Dub Maddox

Educated the football community on effective training and scheme tactics. 

20Alex Benson

Celebrated the athletic achievements of youth football coaches and athletes. 

21Anthony Stone

Expanded the reach of American football.

22Drew Galbraith

Educated the sports community about progressive professional development techniques.

23Shaka Smart

Inspired athletes through uplifting motivational tactics. 

24Kim Ewe

Established and developed American football across Europe. 

25Jonathan Branch

Educated players and coaches about the importance of video in personal development.