Amanda Ruller wants to be ‘that driving force’ for women in football

Amanda Ruller wants to be ‘that driving force’ for women in football

Amanda Ruller wants to be ‘that driving force’ for women in football

From Saskatchewan to Seattle, Amanda Ruller has quite a journey and her dream has come true in the midst of it all.

“This is my dream to work within the NFL,” Ruller told reporters during the Seattle Seahawks training session on Tuesday.

Ruller is one of several Seahawks coaches added to the staff as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, along with former NFL players Akeem Dent and Jonathan Saxon.

After playing as a running back for Team Canada and the Legends Football League, Ruller didn’t hesitate to assist backs with drills on the field during practice.

But the 34-year-old really puts her best foot forward when it comes to setting an example for women to follow suit.

“I want to be that driving force for more women to think, ‘I can do this. I can make a career out of this,'” Ruller said via the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta.

Ruller is the first woman to work for Seattle as part of the fellowship. Her time in Seattle comes after earlier this year being one of nine women who entered the Canadian Football League’s Women in Football program, where she worked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It’s part of an odyssey that started when she watched Roughriders games as a child. It was there and then that she asked her father if women could play soccer.

“He said, you can do anything the guys could do,” Ruller said via Seahawks.com’s John Boyle. “And from there I went out and I said, ‘Can I play football? Can I play flag football?’ And I kept being told, ‘No, you can’t do this. No, you can’t do that. You can’t even volunteer in football.'”

It didn’t stop Ruller, however, who continued her journey despite the initial “no” she was given.

Ruller’s odyssey wasn’t just a straight shot from Saskatchewan to Seattle, though. She had a major stop in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year. It was there that she made contacts and handed over her resume to hopeful employers.

It helped her arrive in Seattle.

So far she enjoys her new environment and how she was greeted in the male dominated environment.

“Every player and coach and everyone here welcomed me,” she said. “And I want to get that out, because a lot of people ask me that question, and I want to answer it. I felt so welcomed and put into this organization for a reason – to help these guys. These guys said they’re still there.” weren’t ready for women to step into this industry, and maybe that’s the media, but these men have been learning from women all their lives, whether that’s moms, teachers, sisters, grandmothers. And I’m just going to be a part of it now of that journey for them.”

Ruller has dreamed, she has played, she has worked, she has learned and she has been coached.

However, the journey has barely come to an end, as there is one more quest to complete — not just for her, but for every other woman she hopes to help.

“For me, one of my missions is to help young girls and women feel more comfortable in football,” Ruller said. “Because I didn’t feel comfortable when I started. I didn’t understand why I didn’t belong. I didn’t understand why people kept telling me, no, I can’t be in this industry. I said, ‘Look at me. Watch me progress. Watch me make this something for myself.” And I want everyone who starts out in football, whether that’s media, coaching, staff, trainers, to feel that they belong here, that they’re worth it. They can see an opportunity. I never saw that when I grew up. So I want to be the driving force for more women to think I can do this. I can make this my profession.”