By: Jim Johnson
When the Detroit Lions host the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field October 11, the first female coach in NFL history will be on the Cardinals sideline.
Jen Welter has broken the NFL’s glass ceiling. The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday that they’ve hired the former pro football player, making her the first female coach in the league history.
This isn’t the first time the 37-year-old Welter has broken new ground. After playing 14 seasons in a women’s pro football league, she became the first female to play a position other than kicker in a men’s professional league when she landed a spot as a running back for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. She also played rugby at Boston College.
During an interview with NBC’s Today show last year, Welter said, “I want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football.”
She’ll work with Cardinals’ inside linebackers as an intern coach during training camp. And, she has some experience with that type of job. She served as a linebackers and special teams coach for the Revolution. (NBC News)