On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had hired Jen Welter as their coaching intern during training camp and the preseason, making her the first female coach in NFL history – this is HUGE!
"I really believe she'll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her," Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told ESPN. Welter is definitely breaking boundaries in a male dominated sport and that's just one of many accomplishments she's made in her life and career. Here are a few other interesting facts we found on this kickass coach!
She's Dr. Jen Welter
She graduated from Boston College where she went on to earn a master's degree in sports psychology and a Phd in psychology.
She's broken barriers in men's professional football before
Welter has played professional football in women's leagues for more than 14 years. She became the first female to play a non-kicking position in a men's professional football league in February 2014, where she played running back and special teams for the Texas Revolution.
She's got style
Welter doesn't just kick ass in sports but she's also super stylish. She posted a photo of herself on Instagram in a navy, mid-length dress with killer heels with the best caption ever: "Now that's a football playHer. Coach said to dress up, so I thought I'd show these guys how it's done."
She's coached men's leagues
In February of this year she was hired by the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football team to coach linebackers and special teams.
Welter is only five-foot-two and weighs 130 pounds, which presented itself as an obstacle at the beginning of her football career. "When I first tried out for a women's team they wanted me to play receiver because of my size, but I was just a natural tackler,” Welter told Argus Leader. We're impressed by how she manages to hold her own against men football players.
She played rugby
Welter started off playing rugby at Boston College but always loved football. She was later recruited for an under-23 team all-women's football team.
She grew up around football
She didn't grow up in a football family but she did grow up in Vero Beach, Florida where she claims football is like a religion.