Even if you couldn’t care less about football or don’t know the difference between a fumble and a blitz, you are still going to love this news that makes history. Jen Welter, a college rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football in the Women’s Football Alliance, is now a training intern coach for the Arizona Cardinals linebackers ¡ª the first female to coach in the NFL.
Head coach of the Cardinals, Bruce Arians, said coaching is all about being a good teacher. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe [Jen will] have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”
Thank you @AZCardinals & @BruceArians & everyone here in #Phoenix. I am honored to join this amazing #footballfamily pic.twitter.com/QhepPdgsVQ
— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) July 28, 2015
Bringing in Jen to coach is another step toward diversity, which has always been important to the owner of the Cardinals, Bill Bidwill. And she wasn’t hired just because she was a woman. Jen’s football r¨¦sum¨¦ is long; she was the first female to play a nonkicking position in a men’s pro football league when she played running backs and special teams for the Texas Revolution in 2014 and also is the proud owner of two gold medals for Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013. And if that’s not enough, Jen holds a master’s degree in sport psychology and a PhD in psychology as well. Bruce hopes this will open doors for other women to make an impact in an otherwise male-dominant field. We wish her the best on this amazing opportunity.
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