Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh and Paul Brown....what do they all have in common? None of these coaches have ever played in the NFL.
So, if no NFL experience is the reason why some may think Jen Welter shouldn't have the opportunity to be the Arizona Cardinals' new assistant...than those people are kidding themselves.
According to NFL.com only 19 percent (six out of 32 head coaches) who lead their teams in the 2014 season played in the NFL...19 percent.
Even with this in mind, the comments followed:
Let's take a look at Welter's resume: She's played 14 years as a linebacker in the Women's Football Alliance, she won goal at the International Federation of American Football's Women's World Championship in 2011 and 2013., in 2014 she played running back and special teams for the Revolution (becoming the first female to play a non-kicking position in men's professional football league), she became the first female to coach in men's pro football league (hired by the Revolution), she worked under Revolution general manager Tim Brown (former NFL receiver), she holds a master's degree in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, has played rugby at Boston College and once again has 14 years...I repeat...14 years of professional football experience.
Now, just like everyone else, I'm curious to see what she does and how she handles the situation. But, it's obvious that these comments are sexist. Because she is a woman, that makes her less qualified to coach?
Well, I think Becky Hammon is doing pretty well so far, so I don't think it's necessary to jump the gun on Welter.
Now, if gender is a "certification" for some people in terms of jobs...let's go over some jobs that men can have that have historically been known to be women-centric jobs/are highly concentrated women occupations/deal with womens' mental and/or physical state/are"pink collared jobs."
- Registered Nurse
- Human Resources Manager
- Social Worker
- Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
- Accountants and Auditors
- Public Relations Managers
- and more
So, if men can crossover into women-centric positions, I think someone with 14 years of experience has more than earned her chance to prove herself. Yet again, Vince Lombardi, one of the greatest NFL coaches ever did not play one second in the NFL.
So, come on people...it is 2015, time to be a bit more progressive and open-minded.