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Cowboys applaud Cardinals’ hiring of Jen Welter

The Arizona Cardinals hired Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp coach, a move applauded around the league.
The Arizona Cardinals hired Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp coach, a move applauded around the league. AP

The Cowboys applauded the hiring of the league’s first female coach. The Cardinals hired Jen Welter as a paid intern who will help coach the team’s inside linebackers during training camp and the preseason.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “One of the messages for our football team is not to let other people outside of us define who we are, good, better or indifferent. We define ourselves and establish our identity and show people who we are by what we do. To me, this just falls in line with that. It’s a meritocracy. It doesn’t really matter where you came from, who you are, what your background is, it matters what you do. Clearly she got an opportunity based on what she’s done up to this point. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that [Cardinals coach] Bruce Arians was the person who brought her in because of what he is all about and what they’re trying to build there in Arizona. I think it’s fantastic. I’m sure she’s going to do a great job. She certainly earned the opportunity. I anticipate her helping that football team.”

The league will welcome its first female official, Sarah Thomas, this season. The Oakland Raiders announced Wednesday that veteran announcer Beth Mowins will handle the play-by-play for their three locally televised preseason games.

The NBA’s first female coach, Becky Hammon, just coached the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League team to the championship.

Welter served as an assistant coaching linebackers and special teams with the Texas Revolution, a men’s team in the Champions Indoor Football League.

“It was a significant moment,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Welter’s hiring in Arizona. “I don’t know why I had a certain amount of pride that she had a Texas connection. The other thing is she fit the definition of a spark plug, a 5-2 linebacker coach ought to fit the profile every time. But seriously, I think the most important thing that didn’t escape me was that these are the times we’re in. What are those? There’s really nothing you can’t do. I was inspired when she talked about how she had gotten there. I was inspired that although she was going to coach, she had her football helmet on out there. She’s got the right stuff, the right attitude. I’m glad I know that organization well. I think a lot of them. They’re the kind of organization that will and would be open-minded to a new thought or a different way to go about things. This is the time to do it. As you know, we have our fellowship out here for aspiring coaches. This is a great time of year for aspiring coaches to be around other coaches that are at every phase of development. I don’t know of a better place to get an education coaching football than at the level she’s going to be starting there at Arizona.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

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