Arizona Cardinals Hire NFL's First Female Coach
The Arizona Cardinals have made history by hiring the NFL's first ever female coach.
Jen Welter, 37, has been hired by the Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason work with linebackers.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hired Welter on Monday.
He said: “Coaching is nothing more than teaching. One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don't care if you're the Green Hornet, man, I'll listen.' I really believe she'll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her."
Welter took to Twitter to share her news:
Welter played professional football for more than 14 years as linebacker in the Woman’s Football Alliance. She also has a master’s degree in sports psychology.
Even Vice President Joe Biden was thrilled to hear about the future of the NFL, tweeting:
Breaking barriers and reaching new heights. Congratulations to Jen Welter. This is what progress looks like. https://t.co/A6pT0RFXFL— Vice President Biden (@VP) July 28, 2015
However, her landmark position and opportunity did not come without criticism. Fans took to Twitter to vent their anger and frustration over Welter’s new job.
So there is now a female coach for the Arizona Cardinals that will be coaching inside linebackers. I'm sorry but wtf.— Chris Ossa (@ossa2717) July 28, 2015
I'm all for gender equality but there are boundaries...no way a woman should be coaching in the NFL unless she's a PT— Etser Edouard (@Pasterr_22) July 28, 2015
A woman is now coaching in the NFL -___- this is getting out of hand smh...— Etser Edouard (@Pasterr_22) July 28, 2015
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