The Arizona Cardinals are making history! On July 27, the pro football team made a groundbreaking announcement, revealing the decision to hire the NFL’s first female coach, Jen Welter. Yay!
Women are coming to the NFL! Okay, so there’s no female football players in the league yet, but a step was taken in the right direction on July 27, when the Arizona Cardinals announced they hired Jen Welter as an assistant coaching intern. She is believed to be the first woman to coach in the NFL!
During training camp and preseason, Jen will work with inside linebackers. Her new career move comes after 14 seasons of pro football in the Women’s Football Alliance, and just five months after she was named linebackers and special teams coach for the Texas Revolution. She also played as a running back for the Revolution in 2014, making her the first female to hold a non-kicking position in a men’s professional football league.
“I am honored to be part of this amazing team,” Jen tweeted. And Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians, is just as excited to have her on-board. “Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” he said. “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 she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”
This isn’t the first big move NFL has made toward diversity — in April, Sarah Thomas was named as the first full-time female official in the league. Sarah was also the first female to ref a major collegiate bowl game, so she had a solid resume under her belt before receiving the new gig.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Jen deserves the position with the Cardinals?
— Alyssa Norwin