So proud to see more women involved in the game I love so much. 💗🏈 #Football #footballislife Dr. Jen Welter - The handshake that shattered the glass sidelines:
History was made. 2 years and 2 days ago history was made when for the first time in the history of the NFL, a female ref and a female coach shook hands on the sidelines of an NFL game. An every game occurrence gave hope to every woman and girl who every had the dream of the NFL.
For the first time, girls could picture themselves in Sarah's stripes or my plain white T. For the first time, girls could dream of a game in our cleats. The glass sideline was shattered, and girls looked at their possibilities in the game in a new way, and guys saw women in new ways as well.
The power of sports in society is captured in handshakes and the ripple effects the cause. A new normal is being created, where a coach is a teacher, and that does not automatically come with a gender assignment. One you change the visibility, we change the possibility.
This post is for all the dreamers, for all those who refuse to see limits in life, and for every woman in the game who plays for a dollar a game, but has gold in her heart.
S/o to all my sisters who are doing big things in the NFL and all of those to come, and to the men (like my @azcardinals and @texasrevs brothers) who welcomed me into the ultimate boys club.