First Female Coach in the NFL – Jen Welter
It feels so retro to even be writing about a "first female" anything. I mean, come on, it's 2015!
However, I have always felt like women will not truly be considered "equal" until sports are equal. And, one of my biggest beefs is with the NFL for being one of the slowest sports to come around to letting females in!
That being said, big congratulations heading out to Dr. Jen Welter for becoming the first female coach for the NFL! You know what they always say, if they won't let you play, then coach! Okay, that's not what they say, but... this is pretty cool anyway!
She actually did play football professionally for a woman's league for 14 years and most recently served as an assistant coach for the men's Indoor Football League's Texas Revolution.
Welter also once entered a game as a running back for the Revolution last year, becoming the first woman to appear in a men's pro football contest at a contact position. Yay! She didn't even die or anything!
As far as couching is concerned, she won't be a head coach or anything, so calm down! Jen will be a training camp and preseason coaching intern. Soooooo.... kinda a coach. One small step, right?
The Arizona Cardinals is the team that is getting all the credit for letting a woman onto the coaching staff. And while it seems weird to congratulate a bunch of men for letting a woman do a job.... I guess that's what we're doing. So, way to go guys! Thanks for considering such an out-of-the-box idea.
My congratulations are headed to Jen Welter! I'm sure this was not an easy hill to climb! And I hope she nails it! Go get 'em girl!