NFL New York Jets set to appoint 49ers defensive coordinator
Robert Saleh is to become the first Muslim person to hold a head coach’s role at an NFL team in history.
The current defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers will become the new boss at the New York Jets.
In doing so, Saleh will also become the third person of Arabic origin to be an NFL head coach after Abe Gibron at the Chicago bears and Rich Kotite at the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 41-year-old, who is of Lebanese descent and was born in Michigan, will be looking to guide the Jets to their first play-off spot in a decade and their first Superbowl since 1968.
It was in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the United States that Saleh decided to pursue a coaching career in the NFL.
His brother David was in the South Tower at the World Trade Center and escaped before it collapsed, prompting Robert to realise life was too short to miss out on opportunities.
After 16 years of coaching experience at teams such as the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and the 49ers, Saleh is now the first Muslim head coach in NFL history.