Jen Welter: First female NFL coach… ever

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Jen Welter is inspiring future athletes to achieve their dreams.

The Arizona Cardinals made history recently, signing Jennifer Welter as the first female NFL coach ever. She was hired as a preseason intern to coach inside linebackers at training camp, and this isn’t even her first major football breakthrough.

Back in January 24, 2014, she was signed as the first ever female running back on a men’s professional football team, with the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution. A year later, on February 12, 2015, the Revolution named her their linebackers and special teams coach. Yep, you guessed it! At that point she became the first female coach in a men’s pro football league.

Before she tackled the world of men’s competitive football, Welter made a name for herself as a veteran player in women’s pro and semi-pro football teams. She was even part of Team USA when it won gold medals in the 2010 and 2013 International Federation of American Football’s Women’s World Championship. Now, she’s breaking boundaries in the NFL!  “I’m an athlete, I’m competitive,” she said. “But the bigger thing for me is obviously for little girls to see they can do everything just like little boys can.”

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