Jen Welter beat homelessness to become the NFL’s first female coach (USA)
Jennifer Welter remembers the exact moment she felt truly accepted as the first female coach in the NFL. It was back in July 2015, and she was training a rookie player with the Arizona Cardinals when the team’s linebacker Lorenzo Alexander strolled by.
“I was working [with the rookie] on some specialty, but he couldn’t resist asking the legend if there was anything he should do differently,” Welter tells The Post.
“Lorenzo replied: ‘You know what you need to do? You need to listen to the coach right there, because what she’s telling you is exactly right.’”
It was the validation the now-39-year-old needed, setting the tone for her history-making stint coaching inside linebackers under the supervision of the Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians.
“Lorenzo was very subtle, but he recognized me as the expert,” says Welter.
Two years on, the 5-foot-2, 130-pound trailblazer has written her first book: “Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless From the First Woman To Coach in the NFL” (Seal Press, out now). Part memoir, part motivational guide, it reveals how Welter helped break the glass ceiling for sportswomen in the über-male-dominated field.
“My goal going in was very simple,” says Welter, who earned a doctorate in psychology four years ago. “It was being first, but not the last.”
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