Skip to comments.Running Back Jennifer Welter Makes History By Playing In Pro Football Game
Posted on 02/17/2014 10:18:06 AM PST by mountn man
Football history was made rather quietly over the weekend in Texas.
During an Indoor Football League game between the Texas Revolution and the North Texas Crunch, 36-year-old Jennifer Welter got three carries, making her the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a pro football league.
Welter, who has starred at linebacker for a decade for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Football Alliance, got her first carry midway through the third quarter. She took a handoff from two yards out of the end zone and scampered around the left tackle. But the 5-foot-2, 130 pound Welter was met by 6-4, 245-pound defensive lineman Cedric Hearvey for a one-yard loss.
Somehow, Welter was unfazed by the hit.
"I said, 'Is that all you got?'" Welter asked Hearvey. "I didn't want them to think I was intimidated."
(Excerpt) Read more at thepostgame.com ...
Is that a sitcom pilot or something?
Barf, if it was worth the effort. Cultural Marxism at its most mundane. I guess we are supposed to say something like “you go grrll” or whatever it is.
Anyone think the 245-pounder hit her with all he had? He did right by doing all he had to do to bring her down for loss.
I couldn’t get the page to work properly in FF or IE. Any of these clowns know how to write html anymore? So many scripts running on the page it was ridiculous.
Uh-huh. Strange that his response was not recorded. Maybe he wasn't even asked as no matter what he said, it would be considered sexist by too many.
Just like Richard Petty's response when asked about Danika Patrick racing NASCAR. If he had said the same thing about a guy, there would be no big deal, but the trolls automatically considered what he said as sexist.
People are celebrating a publicity stunt. Kind of like celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for something a person may accomplish. Today’s society sucks.
Just think.... they could have given her the ball two more times and then punted. That would have really been a cause for celebration I guess....
A woman this size playing against full grown professional male football players will suffer a major injury very soon. Even male running backs a lot bigger than her have a very short average playing career - she's just asking for trouble.
Richard Petty says she'll never win a race.
Given their field position, two more carries with the same result would have been a safety. Now there's a reason to celebrate, at least if you're a defender.
I was reading some of the comments on the sight and kind of laughed.
There was this in the article that I had the thought you expressed.
After the game Welter said her effort wasn't necessarily meant to demonstrate that women can play with men, but to show that women are just as passionate about the sport and deserve a larger stage to showcase their talents.
but to show that women are just as passionate about the sport and deserve a larger stage to showcase their talents
Let me see. In REAL professional sports, the owner has HIS MONEY on the line. The team has a limited amount of players on team. If a player is injured or hurt, that player has to be replaced, either by another player on the team or a replacement player.
She's 36 years old, when most athletes are looking at retiring from "professional" sports, not start them.
3 times she was given the ball, the offense opened the holes for her, she wasn't fast enough to take advantage of those holes.
She got labeled 3 times. Okay, she got up. Give her the ball 1/2 a dozen more times. Same result. What happens the next week during practice? What happens the next weeks during games? What is she doing week 6? What good is a running back who can't throw an occasional block?
Absolutely correct. When she sustains a particularly hard hit that results in an injury, whoever delivers that hit will be accused of targeting her with the intent of deliberately injuring her.
A more apt description of the position she played would be “Knocked Back”. It does not look to me as if she was tackled on any of those three plays. She was run into and went flying backwards. A 245 pounder versus a 130 pounder is not much of a contest as the three videos show.
Maybe Tim Tebow should go play for the Dallas Diamonds in the Women’s League...What’s the difference????
I remember being 185# to 200# playing. Anybody less than 165# was barely noticed.
When you can't handle it, then MAYBE Tim will decide there might actually be a challenge.
I watched the video at the website. The one thing that stood out to me was there were a lot of fans dressed up as empty seats in that arena. This level of arena football struggles to bring fans to games. This was likely a stunt meant to put butts in the seats. Football is damn a religion in Texas. The fact that this arena was mostly empty speaks volumes about the quality of football being played at this level. Calling it professional football is a stretch.
VERY accurate description.
I’d hit her
For a person who likes to go to sporting events and yell and root for a team, it was a great time. But it just lacked the intensity or professionalism of a college or pro football game.
Actually, it reminded me of the semi pro's, just indoors.
Yep, that's been the water cooler talk around here for a fair bit. Talk about a tempest in teapot. What's NOT being mentioned is that he said that he thinks Danica is good for the sport because she puts butts in seats. Figure that NASCAR is a business, just like any other one, and Richard wants to make his piece of the pie, too.
Mom knows Richard Petty pretty well. She says he's a fine man and an all around good guy. That's good enough for me.
And FWIW, I think he's right. If Danica was named "Daniel Patrick", he'd be the fastest racer at the local blue-ribbon county fair 1/3-mile dirt track. And, that's probably about it.
Her junk might be bigger than yours.
Question is, would Laz hit her?
Bruce Jenner’s son, perhaps?
Accomplishment would be a stretch of the word for her. If she didn't look better in a bikini, than any of the other drivers, she wouldn't be in a race car.
What's amazing was the defenders she had. People actually said she was as good as the other drivers out there. EVEN when you'd show them the facts.
You took me wrong...or maybe I worded it incorrectly...I meant Tim wants to play....If a woman can play a man’s game, then a man should be able to play on a womens team....
Let’s open all sports to either sex and see who gets the money....
(BTW, I did play at the college level and coached both college and high school football....)
I have played with a few players who were all conference players or the best at their colleges, who got invites to combines or at least "looks" by teams. When these guys say they knew they were out classed just walking on the field, it gave me a new appreciation for the pro's.
Every year approximately 3500 div 1 or 2 players graduate and are "eligible" for the draft. About 254 are drafted. Of those drafted about 30-50 (maybe) actually make a team in one form or another. The average NFL career is 4 years. That means for every player like Peyton Manning there are numerous players who make the pros by their finger nails and are gone in a year or 2.
Tim Tebow catches a lot of flak. Most of these people don't have a clue as to how good an athlete even the lowest player on a team is. Tebow at least made the pros for a short while and was a starter.
I was at the Denver v Detroit game a few years back and thought Tebow was out of his element.
I would love to see him play at another position, if possible. (Just to make it in the NFL at ONE position is an accomplishment. To be considered able to play another says a lot about ones athleticism)
I encourage every American who thinks women can cut it in the infantry or Special Forces to watch the three video clips at this website. She could have been killed. Each hit was worse than the one before. And, come to think of it, her team set her up to score (affirmative action) and she failed.
This woman is 5'2, 130lbs. Seriously? Unless she is faster than Usain Bolt, a guy at that size couldn't start in high school, or most good Pop Warner teams. Just a stunt, and incredibly stupid one, as it insults the intelligence of those watching.
Danica is better at taking pictures than driving race cars. Hey, use what you got I guess....
I would like to use what she has.
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