Baltimore Sun

Pro Football Hall salutes women


A 15-year-old boy made his way through the the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum on Friday, checking out the memorabili­a and bronze busts before stopping to take a picture of Jen Welter’s blue-and-pink jersey to send to his younger sister.

“She will love this,” said Zach Fleming, a Steelers fan in town with his dad for the first time. “I want her to know girls can make the Hall of Fame, too.”

Welter became the first woman to coach an NFL game in 2015 when she joined the Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason.

The shirt, pants and sneakers she wore on the sideline in all four exhibition games are on display at a new exhibit in the Pro Football Today area of the museum.

Welter’s game-worn Texas Revolution jersey, her Dallas Diamonds helmet and a commemorat­ive helmet signed by Team Australia during her time as head coach of the national team is also displayed in a separate glass enclosure.

The “Women’s Impact on Football” exhibit debuted ahead of this week’s enshrineme­nt festivitie­s. It features artifacts from women who have played, coached, officiated and broadcast the game at its highest level.

“There’s a lot of women involved in pro football and we wanted to recognize their contributi­ons and tell their stories,” said Ben Ankrum, assistant curator at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “We’ve had other exhibits featuring women in pro football and it got to the point where we could do something larger and more permanent.”

The NFL Players Associatio­n has filed a brief replying to the league’s appeal in

Deshaun Watson’s discipline case. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the necessary paperwork to issue a ruling. The players’ union announced the reply brief shortly before Friday’s deadline but didn’t release its contents because it’s confidenti­al.

Golf: In Gee Chun took the halfway lead at the Women’s British Open after a 5-under 66 in the second round. She’s in position to challenge for a second major title of the year and fourth overall. Chun had an 8-under total of 134, putting her one shot ahead of Ashleigh Buhai and Madelene Sagstrom. They both shot 65 . ... Joohyung Kim began the Wyndham Championsh­ip with a quadruple bogey. Now the 20-year-old South Korean who goes by “Tom” is among the early leaders. Kim has made 14 birdies at Sedgefield Country Club since that 8 on his first hole. His 64 put him at 9-under 131 along with Ryan Moore and Brandon Wu.

NHL: The Flames and recently acquired forward Jonathan Huberdeau have agreed to an $84 million, eight-year contract extension. The 29-year-old Huberdeau came to Calgary from the Panthers with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, forward Cole Schwindt and a conditiona­l 2025 firstround pick last month for star forward Matthew Tkachuk.

Soccer: Arsenal’s newcomers made an impact as they opened the English Premier League by beating host Crystal Palace 2-0 Friday. Left back Oleksandr Zinchenko set up the opening goal in the first half while striker Gabriel Jesus created a number of chances and defender William Saliba put in a near-flawless performanc­e.

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