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The Arizona Cardinals announced today that Jen Welter will join Cardinal Nation as a coaching intern working with inside linebackers throughout training camp and preseason, making her the first female coach in the National Football League (NFL). Welter’s no stranger to breaking glass ceilings: in 2014, the 37-year old played running back and special teams for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution, becoming the first female to play a non-kicking position in a men’s professional football league. In February, she became the first female to coach in a men’s pro indoor football league when the Revolution hired her to coach linebackers and special teams. Her impressive resume also boasts a doctorate degree in psychology, a master’s degree in sports psychology and two gold medals playing for Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2013. “If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said to azcardinals.com, adding that her hiring could have an even larger impact: “She came for an OTA (organized team activity) and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door.”
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