Posted February 17, 2014

Jen Welter Becomes First Woman to Play Running Back in a Professional Football Game

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On Saturday, Jen Welter became the first woman non-kicker or placekick-holder to play in a men’s pro football game.

Welter suited up at running back for the Texas Revolution in a game against the North Texas Crunch in the 8-on-8 Indoor Football League. Although Welter, who is 5-2, 130-pounds (which is admittedly quite small for a running back, regardless of sex) was walloped for a loss on her first carry (video below) to her credit, she got back up.

“I said, ‘Is that all you got?’” Welter told the Dallas Morning News. “They (Crunch players) were getting all alive, and I had to say something. I didn’t want them to think I was intimidated.”

GALLERY: Classic photos of Jen Welter

One might question the efficacy of only giving a player of that size goal line carries, but ultimately, Welter’s main ambition is to break down barriers as opposed to long runs. “It’s really not about me. It’s about them and the future of the sport.”

Louis Ojeda Jr. uploaded a few Instagram videos of Welter’s carries:

Welter’s first carry:

Welter’s second carry:

Welter’s third carry:

[Dallas Morning News, Instagram videos via louisojedajr]

6 comments
JillPoche'White
JillPoche'White

This "girl" is the best female football player in the world. She has won several championship games so hardly a slouch. This is more than I can say for most of you I am sure. It looks like her pride and body can take more of beating than all of yours judging by these comments. How many of you could take a hit by 2 pro-football players and get right back up? This woman challenges your manhood and that's really the problem. Not that she can't play the game.

EricLorenz
EricLorenz

No.10 You took down a girl, what a big man you are ... NOT! and then you did your stupid slow motion move like it was a great tackle oh please


Davos1
Davos1

This was actually sick to watch. Whoever sanctioned this should be fired. The only thing she is going to break is every bone in her body.

CharlieFoxtrot
CharlieFoxtrot

@JillPoche'White  Being the best female football player in the world is like being the tallest midget in the world--------no one cares.

AmmonE.Austin
AmmonE.Austin

@EricLorenz  It's her fault for playing a mens' sport. What you want him to do? 2-hand touch and allow her into the endzone. Some of you people are so idiotic and hypocritical it amazes me you found your way into the internet.