NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jennifer Welter didn’t want anyone to think she was “intimidated” after taking a hard hit near the line of scrimmage.
So she popped up and talked some trash.
“I said ‘Is that all you got?'” Welter told an opposing defensive lineman after making history Saturday as the first woman to play running back — or any position besides kicker or placeholder — in a men’s professional football game, according to FOX Sports.
The Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution signed the 36-year-old Welter in January. She had three carries for -1 yards and played a snap on special teams.
Welter, who’s still technically trying out for the team, praised her teammates for making her feel welcome in the locker room.
“If you’re a football player, you’re a football player,” Welter said. “When you play the game well, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female.”
Video of Welter’s three carries popped up on Instagram, leaving no doubt that she took some punishing hits. North Texas Crunch lineman Cedric Hearvey — all 6-foot-4, 245 pounds of him — admitted it was “very weird” to line up against a 5-foot-2, 130-pound woman.
“Part of me wanted to let her score, but part of me had a job,” Hearvey told the Dallas Morning News. “So I was like, ‘Can y’all please take her out?’ ”
“Honestly, I really have a lot of respect for that lady over there,” he added.
The Revolution won 64-30.
Welter won gold with the U.S. football team in the 2010 and 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championships.
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