When the Arizona Cardinals gather at University of Phoenix Stadium for their first training camp practice on August 1, there will be a woman standing on the sidelines watching practice, and she won't be holding a mike, be a player or coach's wife or a cheerleader.
The Arizona Cardinals have hired 37 year old Dr. Jen Welter for their training camp as a linebacker coaching intern
Welter played 14 years professionally as a linebacker and running back, and one year against the boys in the the Champions Indoor Football League for the Dallas based Texas Revolution as a running back and special teams player before moving to coaching.
Welter has some impressive credentials besides actually playing football. She is a Boston College grad with a master's degree in sports psychology and a doctorate in psychology.
So yeah, are the NFL boys ready for her? If she can make them better players, they don't care. And if the Cardinals like what they see, this training camp hire could turn into a full season gig for her.
Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “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
At any rate, she's not only making history, but potentially opening doors for herself and other women who wish to have coaching careers in the NFL.