An inspiring, gutsy handbook for success from the first woman to ever coach in the NFL
When Jen Welter became a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL. In Play Big, Welter reveals the grit that it took to be a trailblazer in the ultimate boys’ club.
Pre-NFL, Welter was an undersized, underestimated athlete who made sacrifice after sacrifice to achieve her football dreams — rising to the top of women’s football leagues and eventually daring to play against men twice her size. Play Big lays out how she succeeded despite the odds, through force of will and determination, revealing the wisdom Welter gained over countless setbacks and challenges. With vivid wit and candor, Play Big will coach you to do the same — whatever your obstacles might be — while translating Welter’s hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness.
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Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. In summer 2015, she served as a linebackers’ coach for the Arizona Cardinals. She appears regularly as an NFL and sports analyst on NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network and in national newspapers and other publications. Welter has become a regular empowerment and sports speaker, asked to stump for Hillary Clinton on the election trail in 2016, and sharing the stage at events with sports and political giants like Serena Williams and Condoleeza Rice at events across the country. ESPNW just named her one of the twenty-five most influential women in sport in 2015.
Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Sport Psychology, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She has eighteen years of experience in fitness and as a professional athlete. Welter is a native of Vero Beach, Florida.