There are few women who have accumulated the accolades and acclaim on the gridiron like Dr. Jennifer Welter.
Immersed in contact sports since her days on the rugby pitch at Boston College, Welter will now try her hand at indoor football. On Friday, the Texas Revolution will announce the signing of the 5-foot-2 Welter as the first-ever non-kicker female professional football player.
“Dr. Welter is an amazing athlete who has proven herself to be amongst the top female tackle-football players in the world and we are excited to bring her into training camp,” said Tim Brown, Texas general manager, in a press release.
Welter has the credentials to back that up, competing on the local and international scene in women’s football.
She has played in a variety of women’s leagues, including stints with the Mass Mutiny, Dallas Dragons and Dallas Diamonds. During that span, she was named a seven-time All-American and captured championships in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Welter was also selected as one of 45 women to represent the U.S. at the International Federation of American Football’s inaugural Women’s World Championship, where Team USA went unbeaten and won a gold medal. Welter led the team in tackles and was named to the all-world all-star team. She and her teammates went on to successfully defend that gold medal last year in Finland.
Welter will be signed as a running back for training camp, an expansion of what has traditionally been her expertise on the gridiron as a linebacker.
Should Welter make it through camp, she will compete in the Revolution’s season premiere on Feb. 15 in an exhibition matchup at the Allen Event Center against the North Texas Crunch.
The Revolution walloped the Crunch in last season’s meeting, 103-22.
After going 5-9 in its inaugural season in the IFL, Texas will commence its 2014 campaign at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the AEC against the Cedar Rapids Titans.