1st female NFL coach inspires Capella University graduates

- New Twin Cities college graduates had a special guest at their commencement ceremony on Saturday and she represents a milestone in American history.

Filled with the usual pomp and formality of the occasion, about 1,000 Capella University new graduates filed into the Minneapolis Convention Center. Jen Welter quickly made it clear this is not her usual style.

That was actually kinda soft. Can you be a little louder? I'm a football player. I mean you guys are graduating today. This is an epic day," Welter said.

With both a masters in sports psychology and PHD in psychology from Capella, Welter gave the commencement speech much of it reflecting on her time as the first woman coach in the NFL. Specifically as an Intern Linebackers Coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.

Welter shared notes from her personal playbook and how she got there.

"That passion doesn't just get you here. It gets you every place you go from here. So, keep that passion and that same brand of crazy and never let any of those voices that would say anything but what is possible. Defy who you are. Let that little voice that pushed you to get your degree, despite all odds, to guide you in everything that you do," Welter said.

"I thought she was awesome. I liked how she took the sportsand integrated what happened there and she put it in real life for us. And it helped me out.. Remember you passion. Where's your passion? That's what you have to go after now,"

With 18 years of experience in professional athletics, Welter isn't sure what the next step in her own career path will be. She's a big believer in taking opportunities as they come and hope she's inspired others to do the same.

"My whole career has been more than i could have predicted. I certainly am not going to be able to start now," Welter said.


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