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Boston Globe: Arizona Cardinals make BC grad NFL’s first female coach

The Arizona Cardinals added Jen Welter, 37, to their staff for the summer, which is believed to be the first time an NFL team has had a female coach.

Welter, who played rugby during her four years at Boston College and holds a master’s degree in sports psychology, will help with the linebackers in her role as coaching intern during the summer.

Welter, 37, played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men’s professional sports league.

‘‘I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,’’ Welter said on Twitter on Monday night.

She coached linebackers and special teams for the Revolution last season, becoming the first woman to coach in a men’s pro football league. Her general manager with the Revolution was 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown.

Welter played linebacker for more than 14 seasons in the Women’s Football Alliance, mostly with the Dallas Diamonds, where she helped the team win four championships.