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Meet the NFL's First Woman Coach

She’s the first woman to ever coach in the NFL. Now, Dr. Jen Welter is looking to change the way both boys and girls think about gender in sports. 🏈

Unisex sports integration may be long overdue

Dr. Jen Welter doesn’t just want to be known as the first woman to coach in the NFL. She wants to be a role model for girls in sports and show all kids how to move past the stereotypes of the past. After playing for 15 years, Welter joined the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, before working with the Australian women’s national team, and the Atlanta Legends of the AAF. Welter now heads both unisex and girls-only camps to teach kids how to play football.

7 out of 10 girls who quit sports during puberty say they didn’t feel like they belonged in sports. 67% said they felt society didn’t encourage girls to play according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. “I remember being enchanted by the game of football. And I always wanted to play and unfortunately it was actually the first place in this world that somebody told me there was a difference between what girls could do and boys could do. Humbly, I was one of the best players in the world and it never crossed my mind that I could find a career coaching football because at that time there were no women on the sidelines that I could look at and say I want to be her,” says Coach Jen Welter.

Welter says this societal block on women in sports happens at the highest of levels. There have been no women inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To most fans, that’s not surprising: There’s never been a woman who’s played in the NFL, after all. Coaching platitudes still suggest the sport is a way to “separate the men from the boys” — a cliché that has its roots on the battlefield, which has, ironically, accepted women more readily than the gridiron.

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08/21/2019 11:58 AMupdated: 08/21/2019 1:33 PM
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50 comments

  • Maheshbhai J.
    08/21/2019 12:58

    Nice.you

  • Brut
    08/21/2019 13:35

    As the first-ever female Division I football coach, she's busting up one of the country's biggest boys' clubs. 🏈8

  • RiDa R.
    08/21/2019 15:04

    👩💪

  • Michael W.
    08/21/2019 21:37

    she coached defensive linemen for the Arizona Cardinals during preseason only? how is that a coach? sounds more like a publicity stunt to improve her career. I dont think anyone within the NFL would consider 2 weeks of helping = being a coach. Come back after you work for a season for a NFL team and not just a few training practices :)

  • David F.
    08/21/2019 23:37

    😂

  • Keysha K.
    08/22/2019 00:58

    Love it ...#Roomie

  • Korey C.
    08/22/2019 02:08

    She literally cant even throw the football... she isnt teaching these kids anything about football... if she doesnt know the fist step of football... which is.. throwing the football. What a joke.

  • Rhonda S.
    08/22/2019 02:13

    I loved playing football with my step brother and his friends. I even played at recess in grade school. My evil step mother made me stopped playing when I hit puberty.

  • Dr. J.
    08/22/2019 03:51

    Appreciate the support.

  • Jamaal H.
    08/22/2019 06:56

    I love it but at the same time it's like there is nothing that men can have to themselves anymore but then Again I guess it's payback for the she males that have become cheerleaders in the NFL and I'd definitely rather see all 32 teams being coached by women than to see that 🤷🏿‍♂️

  • Suvannah D.
    08/23/2019 00:59

    Wow!!!! That's soo incourgaing.. I also like to play secore n also basketball...

  • Victoria L.
    08/23/2019 06:18

  • Kenneth D.
    08/23/2019 18:54

    How many of the commenters have coaches football? I coached Jen at BC in Rugby. She was one tough player and has gone on to achieve so much for women’s sports. If you haven’t coached and been in the trenches don’t make stupid remarks about a person. She did the full preseason And would have been kept except their core of coaches were all under contract and there was no opening for her. Keep up the good work Jen

  • Tanzila Z.
    08/24/2019 13:25

    Break em stereotypes ye porcelain!

  • Selwyn R.
    08/25/2019 09:25

    Go coach !

  • Howard S.
    08/25/2019 21:33

    Football is for women to watch not play or coach.

  • James G.
    08/26/2019 02:21

    Can she tackle

  • Driely A.
    08/26/2019 18:54

    Necesitamos su pronta ayuuudaaaa por favor, el incendio se sigue extendiendo, las especies siguen muriendo ayuda prontaaaaaa por favor!!!😭💔💔💔 #SOSAMAZONIABOLIVIA #PrayForAmazonia

  • Rock G.
    08/26/2019 19:09

    So nice

  • Luci B.
    08/26/2019 21:29

    👍👍👍