Game Changers

By: Kassi Simmons

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Women can do anything men can do, and we can do it even better.

That’s right, football world, I’m talking  to you. Within the past few months, two very special people have made their presence felt on an NFL football field, and they’re both women. Dr. Jen Welter became the first female coach and Sarah Thomas became the first referee.


This summer, the Arizona Cardinals hired Dr. Welter as a coaching intern for training camp and as a preseason coach. Dr. Welter made history by becoming the first female coach in the NFL.


Welter played professional football for over 14 years as an outside linebacker for the  Women’s Football Alliance, also a tackle football league. She also played running back in the Champions Indoor Football League, which, by the way, is a men’s league.  

Welter knows the game inside and out, and also has a Ph.D. in psychology.

This allows her to be apart of the mental aspect of the game as well.

Another NFL first occurred  on the sidelines, where Sarah Thomas debuted as the first female referee in the NFL. Thomas has officiated several different games in different leagues and has been assigned to officiate for the entire  2015-2016 season.

Women have been making waves in the world of sports in the past few months, and we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I have been inspired by these two women to erase limits and boundaries. They have shown me that anything I want to accomplish can be done, even in a male-dominated profession.

To women everywhere, we have no limits.