Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has appointed Jen Welter as an intern coach for training camp & pre-season. Welter becomes the first female coach in National Football League history. Welter has been around football for most of her life, & this isn’t her first rodeo being involved with men’s football.
As a young college student she played on the women’s rugby team while at Boston College. Welter also played 14 seasons in a women’s pro football league before becoming the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro league as a running back for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. She most recently transitioned from on the field to on the sidelines as the Revolutions linebackers & special teams coach. The NFL confirmed Monday night that she is the first female coach in league history.
This is a major breakthrough for Welter, who has put in many years towards the game of football & has taken advantage of every opportunity that was available, showing that she’s more than capable of coaching men. Now she will have to work her way up starting out as an intern & eventually an official member of the Cardinals coaching staff. Congratulations to Jen Welter & the Arizona Cardinals for being bold enough to break down barriers.