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Woman believed to perform football first in Texas

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ALLEN, Texas (AP) - Jennifer Welter certainly felt it when she became what is believed to be the first woman who wasn't a kicker or kick holder to play in a men's pro football game.

The 5-foot-2, 130-pound North Texan was thrown for a 1-yard loss on her first carry as a running back for the Texas Revolution. That came in a preseason game in the 8-on-8 Indoor Football League on Saturday.

Welter says she responded by chirping at 6-4, 245-pound defensive end Cedric Hearvey and his North Texas Crunch teammates after trying to score from the 2-yard line.

Hearvey tackled the 36-year-old Welter again on her third and final carry in the fourth quarter before turning to the Revolution sideline and asking coaches to take her out, saying "this doesn't feel right."

Welter made it clear she didn't want anybody taking it easy on her.

Welter has played linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Football Alliance since 2004. She isn't advocating that women play against men, but didn't want to turn down a rare chance when the Revolution called.

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