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The Debut of the 1st female Coach & Official in the NFL

Jen Welter and Sarah Thomas photo via: @CardsMarkD



Cardinals assistant Jen Welter has become the first woman to coach an NFL game On the same night the NFL's first full-time female on-field official made her preseason debut.

Jen Welter worked Saturday game against the KC Chiefs as an inside linebackers coach, while Sarah Thomas served as the line judge in the seven-person officiating crew.

Welter is serving a 6 week coaching internship that will include Arizona's training camp and four preseason games. She was the first woman to play a non kicking position on a men's professional football team last year with the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

Sarah Thomas is the first woman to officiate in major college football and a bowl game she had worked preseason games and training camps before being hired full-time for the 2015 season.

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