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Tony Sparano

NFL's first female scout applauds Bills' coach hiring

Armed with notepads, pens and a keen eye for talent, Connie Carberg is still scouting football players.

She simply can't get enough of breaking down film. That's why the 64-year-old Carberg was spending Saturday in front of her television at home in Coconut Creek, Florida, watching the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

"I love it," Carberg said. "When draft time comes, I've got all my notes on every player."

Carberg was the first woman to serve as a scout for an NFL team, working with the New York Jets in the 1970s. She was excited Wednesday when the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the league's first full-time female...