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The Arizona Cardinals made history Monday when they announced the team has brought on Jen Welter to intern with their coaching staff for its training camp and preseason. She is believed to be the first woman to hold a position with a NFL coaching staff.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Welter will be working with the team's linebackers. When he was asked in March about the possibility of the league one day employing a female coach, Arians provided a succinct answer.
“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” he said at the time.
Welter, 37, is hardly a vanity hire. She was the first woman to be hired as a coach in a men's professional football league when she joined the Texas Revolution earlier this year, according to ESPN. Welter also took to the field herself, alongside the men, playing both running back and special teams for the Revolution in February 2014 -- the first woman to play a non-kicking position.
She also boasts her own 14-year career in professional football, primarily in the Women’s Football Alliance, as well as two gold medals playing for the U.S. in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013, the Cardinals said.
Welter additionally holds both a PhD in psychology and a Masters in sports psychology, and she played collegiate rugby for Boston College, an experience that she has said influenced how she plays football.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
I hope she works out and can pave the way for gender equality in the coaching staffs of various sports.
So please hold any political correctness or feminism rants at the door. By all accounts, she should know what she is talking about.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
The bottom line is this: Who cares about her sex. If she can prove herself, then she'll make a good coach. I
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
It's true. But when "the first" of anything happens, it's exciting.
Truth is, her genitals don't matter, but her way of thinking (as a woman) may have some impact on the game.
Good luck to her!