Jen Welter became the first female non-special teams player to play in a professional football game this week when she took three snaps at running back for the Texas Revolution.
Welter signed for the Revolution in January and she took her first snaps against the North Texas Crunch in the home opener eight-player professional indoor league.
The rookie's debut was not particularly successful, she got hit hard on three attempts on the goal line and ended with -1 yards rushing. But to be fair to Welter she did get up on each of the three hits and showed great perseverance in the face of a massive physical challenge.
You can see video clips of her debut here.
Welter is 5'2" and 130 pounds, not an ideal weight for a running back of any gender. You might expect her to have more success in the open field with evasiveness rather than the power game required in the red zone, but regardless for Welter it is all about breaking down boundaries:
“It’s really not about me. It’s about them and the future of the sport.” She told the Dallas Morning News. The Revolution ended up victorious in the game by a score of 64-30.