Less than a year ago, the NFL's Arizona Cardinals made history by hiring Dr. Jen Welter as the first female assistant coach in NFL history -- albeit just for the preseason. Then, the Buffalo Bills took it a step further with the hire of Kathryn Smith, the first full-time female coach in NFL history.
Now, the NFL is reportedly passing a rule that will require all teams to interview women for executive position openings.
The "Rooney Rule," as it's known, currently exists to require teams to interview minorities for head coaching positions and other senior roles pertaining to football operations. It appears this latest league mandate carries a similar purpose in regard to women.
With all eyes on commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50, this announcement probably couldn't come at a better time.