Yesterday, Jen Welter made history by becoming the first woman ever to be hired to the NFL as a coach. The Arizona Cardinals brought in the former collegiate rugby player, reports azcardinals.com, to serve as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers.
In March, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked when he thought the NFL would hire a female coach.
“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians replied. Apparently, that happened Monday.
This isn't the first time she's made history. The 37-year-old played 14 seasons in women's pro football, was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's pro league — as a running back for the Texas Revolution of Indoor Football League — and became the first female coach in a men's pro football league when the Revolution hired her in February.
This isn't the only major stride the NFL has made this year. Apart from hiring Welter, the league announced in April that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to be a full-time NFL official.
We're excited to see them both out on the field — and it looks like Welter is pretty pumped, too: