Usually, a week one NFL preseason game serves as nothing but a gauge to a team’s readiness and depth after two weeks of camp.
However, last Saturday’s match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs will go down in history.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will display a flip card from the game signed by both Jen Welter and Sarah Thomas along with Welter’s game-worn coaches’ shirt.
Welter, Cardinals inside linebacker preseason coaching intern, became the first woman to coach an NFL game and Thomas became the first woman to work as a full-time on-field official.
“She was solid,” head coach Bruce Arians said of Thomas. “She got chewed out pretty good a few times, but I thought she was solid in her calls.”
“She is pretty good and knows a lot about football,” linebacker Markus Golden said about Welter on the Burns & Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “More than people would think she knows. She’s a real good coach and know a lot about pass rush and a whole lot about linebacker so she is doing a good job.”
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