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Advice for Jen Welter, first woman to coach in NFL: Don’t try to out meathead the meatheads

Jen Welter takes a handoff in a men's pro football game in February 2014.
Screen shot/YouTube/Jordan Ent.
Jen Welter takes a handoff in a men's pro football game in February 2014. Screen shot/YouTube/Jordan Ent.

Jen Welter will become the first woman to coach in the NFL, as an intern with the Arizona Cardinals.

And she’s not working with punters and place kickers and long snappers and holders, but inside linebackers, maybe the most traditionally “tough” position on the field.

Think former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis.

It’s heady stuff.

Given that, here’s a bit of advice to Welter: Don’t worry about the meatheads; they are not the most important players on the team.

They are walking examples of arrested development. They are physically big and opposing and unnecessarily loud.

But they are ultimately harmless if you remember not to follow their lead - because no one can out meathead a meathead.

Fortunately, meatheads are much fewer and farther between in locker rooms than they are depicted on TV.

Oh, and finally, just be yourself. Let your expertise and ability to teach shine through. That’s why you were chosen, after all.

Related: Here’s what Twitter thinks of the NFL’s first woman coach

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