Cardinals hailed for hiring NFL’s first female coach

July 28, 2015

The Arizona Cardinals are being hailed as groundbreakers after they hired the National Football League’s first female coach.

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The Cardinals on Monday (July 27) hired Jen Welter, a 37-year-old former pro football player, to be a coaching intern during training camp this year, working with inside linebackers.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the internship would be a great opportunity that could “open some doors” for Welter.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Arians said in a statement after the team announced Welter’s hiring on Monday. “One thing I have learned from players 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, man, I’ll listen.'”

“Thank you @AZCardinals & @BruceArians & everyone here in #Phoenix,” Welter tweeted. “I am honored to join this amazing #footballfamily.”


NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded with a tweet, “Welcome. We are honored too.”