The Arizona Cardinals are believed to be the first team in NFL history to hire a female coach after adding Jen Welter to their staff Monday as a training camp and preseason coaching intern.
Darren Urban reported the news for the Cardinals’ official website, which featured comments from head coach Bruce Arians on the landmark decision to welcome Welter to the fold:
Coaching is nothing more than teaching. 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.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.
[...] She came for an OTA 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. [...] It’s not going to be a distraction in any way.
Welter took to Twitter to express her appreciation for the opportunity:
The NFL may traditionally be a man’s league, but Welter has the background to handle the spotlight. Welter played football professionally for 14 years and most recently served as an assistant coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution.
Welter also entered a game as a running back for the Revolution last year, becoming the first woman to step into a men’s pro-football contest at a contact position.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman publicly professed his belief that Welter had a chance to be in the NFL someday, yet he was still rather surprised by Monday’s news:
Bringing Welter aboard is fitting for a franchise that has embraced modernity and created an exciting brand of football as a result. The addition of Welter figures to only bring more positive energy and enthusiasm into the organization.
The Cardinals have experienced quite a culture change since Arians came aboard in 2013—and for the better. Arians is known for his vertical passing-based offense, aggressive style and overall confidence that has evidently rubbed off on his players and gained their respect en route to a 21-11 record.
That bold attitude has carried over to the front office and general manager Steve Keim, who’s been unafraid to take unconventional risks in the draft. Playmakers to emerge in recent years include defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver John Brown, who were both polarizing third-round picks.
Welter has a long way to go to climb the NFL coaching ladder, but she’s already broken new ground.
Although Welter isn’t quite in the position San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon was in recently, when she led the squad to an NBA Summer League title, Welter’s gig in the desert is the vital start to something greater.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a man accused of stabbing a victim allegedly after an argument over a subway seat.
The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. Sunday on the southbound 2 train in the area of Third Avenue and East 149 Street in the Bronx.
Police say the suspect and the 25-year-old victim got into an argument over a seat on the train. The suspect then reportedly stabbed the victim in the abdomen and left arm, before fleeing the station on foot.
The suspect is described as a black male, 45-50 years old, heavy set, with salt and pepper hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.
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