Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL

Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL


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An inspiring, gutsy handbook for success from the first woman to ever coach in the NFL

When Jen Welter became a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL. In Play Big, Welter reveals the grit that it took to be a trailblazer in the ultimate boys' club.

Pre-NFL, Welter was an undersized, underestimated athlete who made sacrifice after sacrifice to achieve her football dreams—rising to the top of women's football leagues and eventually daring to play against men twice her size. Play Big lays out how she succeeded despite the odds, through force of will and determination, revealing the wisdom Welter gained over countless setbacks and challenges. With vivid wit and candor, Play Big will coach you to do the same—whatever your obstacles might be—while translating Welter's hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580056830
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 653,751
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. In summer 2015, she served as a linebackers' coach for the Arizona Cardinals. She appears regularly as an NFL and sports analyst on NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network and in national newspapers and other publications. Welter has become a regular empowerment and sports speaker, asked to stump for Hillary Clinton on the election trail in 2016, and sharing the stage at events with sports and political giants like Serena Williams and Condoleeza Rice at events across the country. ESPNW just named her one of the 25 most influential women in sport in 2015. Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology, a Master's in Sport Psychology, and a bachelor's degree from Boston College. She has 18 years of experience in fitness and as a professional athlete. Welter is a native of Vero Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Defining Moments ix

Introduction: The Noteworthy Coach 3

1 Play Your Own Game 17

2 Be an And, Not an Or 37

3 Play Priceless 55

4 What Makes Us Different Makes Us Stronger 75

5 Getting Back Up 93

6 Success Isn't Just Talent, It's Fortitude 113

7 Once It's Been Done, It Can't Be Undone 127

8 Winning in the Boys' Club 145

9 When It's Us Against Them, We All Lose 163

10 Don't Hand Off Your Destiny, Step into It 177

11 Go All-in 189

12 Wearing the Big Red Shorts 197

13 Be Authentic as You Lead 207

14 Leaving a Legacy 229

15 A League of Our Own 243

Conclusion: The Grrridiron Girl 255

Acknowledgments 261

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