This year has been, in Jen’s own words, “the best year of my life.” For those of you who don’t know Jen Welter, she is currently entering her tenth season with the Dallas Diamonds, where she has won four World Championships, in ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’08. Jen has been named an All-American seven times, bringing her career total to eight. Additionally in 2010, Jen was selected to play in the International Federation for American Football’s inaugural Women’s World Championship as a proud member of Team USA.
The team traveled to Stockholm, Sweden where they swept the competition and won a gold medal. As a member of Team USA, Welter was so small that her teammates referred to her as “Kid,” but size didn’t stop the Kid from leading her team in tackles and being named to the All-World All-Star Team.
Yes, we’re talking women’s football! Jen found her love for full-contact sports at Boston College, where she proudly represented for Boston College all four years. In her fourth year playing rugby Jen was named the team MVP, and was recruited for the Under 23 National Team. Though Dr. Welter was an impressive rugby player, she was about ½ the size of the other props, and her dream to represent the USA in Rugby ended there. Not long after retiring from rugby, Jen was asked to tryout for the Mass Mutiny, an NFL rules, full contact, women’s football team. Though she feared her size might keep her from being selected, she had to try. Jen made the Mutiny and played her first two seasons of football with them. In her second season, Jen was named an All-American.
Brains happen to come with her brawn. Jen has a B.S. in Business from Boston College, a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology and just recently added the Dr. to Welter, when she finished her PhD in Psychology with the publication of her dissertation, The Wonderlic Classic Cognitive Ability Test as a measure of player selection and success for Quarterbacks in the National Football League.
In her time playing football, Dr.Welter realized she had a talent for speaking to and working with young adults. She first was asked to speak in a school when the boys would not let the girls play football. After speaking to the kids, both the boys and girls wanted her autograph, and she took all of them out to throw a football together. Through that experience, Jen realized the power her words, as a professional athlete, had on young kids and she became an active speaker. Welter’s love for speaking blossomed and she eventually became a popular speaker and on air guest, addressing topics such as female empowerment, goal-setting, team-building, creating your character and how being small also made her feisty and ultimately successful.