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Jen Welter takes new role as NFL TV analyst in Phoenix

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Arizona Cardinals coaching intern Jen Welter has been hired by a Phoenix TV station as an NFL analyst.

NBC's Phoenix affiliate, KPNX, will have Welter contribute to its Sunday night sports show during the NFL season and to other sportscasts throughout the week, news director Sandra Kotzambasis told ESPN.

"We're excited to have Jen share her unique perspective and expertise with our audience, both on-air and with articles on 12News.com," Kotzambasis wrote in an email.

"I'm excited to see what Jen has to say each week. She's already proven that she is a natural on-air, but more importantly, incredibly knowledgeable about the game."

Welter spent training camp and the preseason as a coaching intern with the Cardinals, working with inside linebackers. Her last day was Aug. 31, and she had not been hired by an NFL team as of Tuesday night.

Welter played professional football for 14 years before spending the 2014 season playing for the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's game. She then became an assistant coach with the Revolution in 2015.