Jennifer Welter arrived on the field with the Arizona Cardinals, looking to make incredible history and a long-tenured career, as she became the first-ever female coach in NFL?s history. Welter will hold a position as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason, according to?People.
?It was weird at first,? she told People. ?But then the guys were like, ?Football, football, football. Football before female.?? Arizona Cardinals players had a lot to think about now that history was made. ?You kind of had to know because, as somebody who has played football for a very long time, I was well aware that the NFL was the no-female league,? she added in an interview with People.
The 37-year-old has played professional football for an amazing 14 years as a linebacker, majority with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women?s Football Alliance, posted by People. ?There was no place for us to even look at that option, so to have been called to step up on the field, it was so exciting and surreal,? Welter shared.
Jennifer Welters arrival into the league was definitely a big success. ?I knew it was opening doors for all my sisters,? she said. ?It?s something bigger than yourself that makes it so great.? The female coach knew her importance in working with the Arizona Cardinals.
?I had a great time with my guys and we obviously got along really well. We proved to everyone and answered the question, ?Could guys in the NFL be coached by a woman?? We showed that, yes, we can,? Welter shared in an interview with People.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians previously shared his sentiments on Welter being hired, ?I wanted to open that door, coaching in nothing more than teaching. The only thing I?ve learned from players: all they want to know 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, I?ll listen.?? He said in a report from the Arizona Republic.
In a game last Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals brushed past New Orleans Saint to win 31-19. Cardinals are set to compete against the Bears next on Monday, September 21.