Meet Dr. Jen Welter, the First Female Running Back in Men’s Pro Football

Jen Welter female NFL coach interview

If you’ve seen Jen Welter, PhD on the sidelines of a football field, make no mistake: she wasn’t there to cheer on her favorite team. Instead, she was either waiting for her time on the field or calling the plays. In 2015, Welter, 42, became the first female to coach an NFL team. That season, she served as an assistant linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals®.

The Vero Beach, FL, native has worked her way up through the ranks. Previously, she was the Defensive Specialist for the Atlanta Legendssm, the first female to play running back in men’s pro football for the Texas Revolution®, and the Head Coach of the First Australian Women's National Team. 

Beyond her impressive resume on the field, the author and two-time IFAF Women’s World Championship Gold medalist recently partnered with ORLY® to introduce Kick GlassTM, a shattered glass-effect top coat that empowers women on and off the field to break the glass ceiling and lead strong, fearless, and fulfilled lives. 

In addition to her stance on painting her nails (and toenails), we chatted with Welter about her favorite beauty treatments and her gameday skincare routine. Given that her colleagues are mostly male, we wanted to know: had she taught them anything about grooming? Perhaps they had some beauty-pointers for her, too.

Read on for our touchdown interview, where Welter explains the challenges she faced as a woman in football, her stance on anti-aging, and what she loves to do when she isn’t thinking about the gridiron grind.