With all the negative stories in the media, from Deflategate and the ridiculous sham of an arbitration system, to more players in the news for crimes like Junior Galette, it is nice when there is actually some positive news for a change.
With most teams on the brink of training camp, it was announced that the Arizona Cardinals and Head Coach Bruce Arians will be hiring a female coach, a first for the NFL:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/jwelter47">@jwelter47</a> earning a coaching job w/<a href="https://twitter.com/AZCardinals">@AZCardinals</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/BruceArians">@BruceArians</a> hinted at this: <a href="http://t.co/mF1Pg1bZqZ">http://t.co/mF1Pg1bZqZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/0C8pQjNMLA">https://t.co/0C8pQjNMLA</a></p>— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcSesslerNFL/status/625827048674586624">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote>
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It is only a preseason intern position, but nevertheless it is still great. Following the hire of the league's first female referee, Sarah Thomas, and the first female coach in the NBA, former WNBA player Becky Hammon, the hire shows the league is moving in the right direction for gender equality. Women bring many skill and abilities to the table that men are lacking in, so I am glad to see the league is opening up the door.
Wishing Jen Welter much success in her new position, and hoping to see many more women hired into positions in the NFL!