January 20, 2021 – 7:00 PM – Sports
In the United States, a Muslim was first hired as the head coach of a National Football League (NFL) team.
Robert Saleh, former defense coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, is the first American Muslim to lead an NFL team. The Jets have a tentative deal with Robert Saleh to become their head coach for four seasons, Saleh will become the 20th Jets head coach in team history and their 18th coach to lead the Green & White net . before the start of a new season, ”the club’s board said in a statement.
The 41-year-old Lebanese coach’s honor roll has won over New York Jets executives. As a former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Robert put in great performances. He led the team to the US Super Bowl final against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also held various positions with Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomes this appointment. “We welcome this development as a further sign of the growing inclusion and recognition of American Muslims in our various societies,” the organization said.