Nobody believed Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians when he said that his side will be hiring the first female coach of NFL on Monday.
“Someone asked me yesterday, ‘When are we going to have female coaches?'” Arians said. “The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired.”
Arizona recruited Jen Welter on Monday as an assistant coaching intern for their preseason training camps to work with insides and line-backers. Welter is believed to be the first female coach of any sorts in the long history of NFL.
Arians, during his tenure at Cardinals, has handled an eclectic mix of coaching stuff, ranging from age groups of 20s to 70s – 37-year-old Welter being the latest addition.
An excited Welter hit Twitter as soon as she was drafted by the Cards.
“I’m honored to be part of the BIRDGANG! Love the FOOTBALL FAMILY here with the Arizona Cardinals,” the 37-year-old said.
Though this isn’t the first time Welter entered football’s history books. She has been hitting the record books since the beginning of her career. She became the first female coach in a men’s professional football league when she was hired by the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football league in February. In her new stint, her role is also to coach line backers. Tim Brown, a former superstar wide receiver, is the general manager of the Revolution.
She became the first female to play a non-kicking position in men’s professional football league in February 2014. She featured for the special teams of Revolutions as running back.
Welter herself played as a linebacker for more than 14 years, mostly for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Football Alliance.