Arizona Cardinals Hire the First Female Coach in NFL History

Jennifer Welter makes football history as the first woman head coach in the professional football league.
2:35 | 07/28/15

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Switching gears now, big day for football. Yeah, it is history being made in the NFL this morning. The Arizona cardinals have become the first team to hire a female coach and ABC's T.J. Holmes is here with the story. Good morning, T.J. Strahan, get this, she is going to be coaching inside linebackers, guys known as some of the toughest and smartest guys on defense with all due respect, of course, Strahan. This is Jen welter. You'll hear a lot of words to describe her, pioneer, trail blazerment make sure you use another word, as well, qualified. Overnight the Arizona cardinals soaring into the history books? Sacked again? A team naming Jen welter to its training camp and preseason coaching staff believed to be the first female ever to hold a coaching position in the NFL. She has a very accomplished background in terrells of playing and coaching. She understands the game, she's play the game. Reporter: She will coach the linebackers and is no stranger to football first. The former college rugby player known as the first lady of men's pro football becoming the first female to coach in a men's pro league, the indoor football league and in 2014 becoming the first woman to play a nonkicking position in a men's pro league despite being only 5'2" and 130 pounds. Everybody wanted to see like, oh, my gosh, what's going to happen when she gets hit for the first time and I got hit and popped right back up and we lined back up and did it again. Reporter: Welter the latest to burst through that ceiling. She follows Sara Thomas who in April was hired as the league's first full time female referee. The league's newest barrier breaker tweetingover night "I'm honored to be part of the bird gang. Love the football family here with the Arizona cardinals." And her new players already returning the love. Pro bowler Patrick Peterson tweeting one team, one goal of the let's go to work, coach. My apologies, it's Dr. Jen welter. She has a ph.d in psychology. 14 years in the women's pro league. She might be overqualified for this job. You can speak to this. Wonder how she'll be treated in the locker room. If you can improve me as a player, they will listen. A lot of work to improve you as a player. I think she's going to be great. Team is a team and as long as the coach is there with the same goal which is to win players listen and respond to that and like you said I think she could be overqualified. I should have known for taking a shot at the intro about inside linebackers being the smart guys. Quite a defensive end. So, ginger, you brought us

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