TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jen Welter is embracing her breakthrough status as the first woman to hold any kind of coaching position in the NFL.
It's only a six-week internship with the Arizona Cardinals, through training camp and the four preseason games. Nonetheless, it marks another barrier broken for women in sports.
At a news conference Tuesday, Welter gave all the credit of the hiring to coach Bruce Arians, saying the coach's "heart made this happen."
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Team President Michael Bidwill says the move has the full, enthusiastic support of the organization, which has long been known for hiring minorities for management positions.
Welter has a PhD in psychology as well as a season as a player on a men's team, the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.