Former Loudoun football standout Emani Fenton recently became one of the youngest coaches in the National Football League at age 23 when the Kansas City Chiefs hired him as a coaching assistant.
In his youth, Fenton played in the Ashburn Youth Football League and competed with the Loudoun Special Forces Track Club. He went on to play running back and defensive back at private schools Bishop O'Connell and Flint Hill before moving on to play at Cornell University.
Fenton was a four-year starting cornerback for Cornell and earned All-Ivy League selection as a senior. After graduating from Cornell, Fenton worked in the private industry for less than a year before joining Cornell's staff as a defensive backs coach.
"I have been around football most of my life," Fenton said. "I always aspired to be a coach mostly because I like the idea of being able to use the relationships you form in athletics to edify others, which is really something I learned from coaches I had growing up."
Fenton said he's been exposed "to just about everything the National Football League has to offer" since joining head coach Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City.
"It has been a great learning experience so far," he said. "There's really so much about football that I didn't even know I didn't know."
Fenton's family still resides in Leesburg. His mother Beverly Fenton is not surprised by Emani's early coaching success.
"Anyone that knows Emani, knows he's been a strategic thinker since he was 10 years old," she explained. "He's been preparing for this moment. He's always surrounded himself with wisdom to mentor him ... We are so proud of him."
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