Jen Welter Makes Debut as First Female Pro Runningback
Welter says hopes to break down barriers for "the future of the sport"
She got knocked down – repeatedly – but Jen Welter got right back up again.
The 5’2″, 130-lb. athlete, who became the first woman to play running back in a men’s pro football game (the 8-on-8 Indoor Football League) on Saturday, got dropped for a loss during the game, but that didn’t faze her one bit.
“I said, ‘Is that all you got?’ ” Welter, 36, told the Dallas Morning News.
“They were getting all alive and I had to say something,” she said. “I didn’t want them to think I was intimidated.”
Welter, who played running back for the Texas Revolution in a game against the North Texas Crunch, finished with three rushes for a loss of one yard, but her team still managed to beat the Crunch 64-30.
She says she hopes to break down barriers for other female athletes. “It’s really not about me,” she said. “It’s about them and the future of the sport.”
Check her out on the field in the Instagram video below.