Is it possible that one day we might see a female NFL player? It’s more possible today than it ever has been. A first has been made this year in football and it’s a win for females everywhere.
Becca Longo is an 18-year-old graduate of Queen Creek High in Queen Creek, Arizona. But that’s just where the story begins. What did she do that was so phenomenal? In April, she signed a Division II letter of intent to attend Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado where she will be playing football on scholarship as a kicker.
That is the first time in history that a female has ever attended college on a football scholarship. The college football glass ceiling had been shattered a few years ago, however, when in 1997, Liz Heaston was the first female to ever score points in a college game when she was filling in for the injured kicker. But Liz wasn’t attending Willamette University on a football scholarship.
Becca Longo Nailing Another Kick
Becca Longo was scouted and chosen to be awarded a scholarship. In a game that’s all men and plenty of kickers across the United States, Becca got the nod. That’s phenomenal even though there are people who say she doesn’t deserve it. There are people speaking out against having women in college football.
Of course, Becca Longo isn’t trying to be a publicity stunt for anyone.
“I’ve heard people say that I’m just a publicity stunt, that I don’t deserve this chance. I don’t let that bother me. I just need to stay true to who I am—and stay true to what I’ve learned and keep improving—and I’ll be just fine. I really believe that. I really do,” says Longo.
“I had heard of Becca because of the simple fact that she was a girl playing football, and I recruit the Phoenix area. I met her at her school and was blown away by her poise, her confidence and her desire. I immediately thought, ‘This is a player we can work with,'” said Josh Blankenship, the offensive coordinator at Adams State.
She’s Already Embracing Her Stardom
Timm Rosenbach is a former NFL quarterback and the head coach at Adams State. He says, “If you can play football and you have determination, I don’t care what your gender is. And Becca can play, simple as that. She’s got accuracy and she’s got a powerful leg, which will only get stronger. We brought her to Adams State for a reason: to compete for a job and help us win football games.”
There is no debate on whether or not Becca is legitimate. They chose her because she could kick. Now, all she has to do is get out there and do it. Meanwhile, her parents have bought an RV so they can tour the country when she hits the field in the fall. Talk about some proud parents.