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Football Scholarship for Female Player Is an Apparent First

14 April, 2017, 19:12 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Becca Longo Becomes the First Female Scholarship Football Player

Becca Longo is something of a trailblazer: On Wednesday, she became the first woman to sign a letter-of-intent and receive a scholarship out of high school to play college football at the sport's highest levels.

Longo made a 30-yard field goal and 30 of 33 field goal attempts last season after sitting out 2015.

"I contacted them during the season, and after the season I got contacted back by them", said Longo.

"The offensive coordinator actually came down from Alamosa and talked to me in person [about] how interested he was in having me go to his school", Longo said. "I went on my visit and I absolutely fell in love", said Longo.

Adams State University in Colorado has made history by signing a female to a college football scholarship.

It's that kind of mentality that sealed the deal for Adams State coach and former Cardinals quarterback Timm Rosenbach. Still, while Division II football will be a challenge, her coach, Gerald Todd, tells AZ Central that she'll "get stronger and she'll compete". Now that I'm on the wrong side of 30 that part of my life is def. over unless I join in with all the other washed up guys that play minor league football but I highly doubt that (unless someone is offering?). Garrett holds the national record for females with a 48-yard field goal.

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"So, I mean, I'm going to go in, I'm going to be ready to compete", Longo said.

Longo kicked for Queen Creek as a sophomore before transferring to Basha. "I'm just thinking about playing", Longo said.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score in an FBS game when she kicked two extra points for New Mexico in 2003. My wife is a former pro athlete. "I see (Longo) as a football player who earned it".

During mid-season, she reached out to Adams State University.

"I haven't really thought that far ahead yet".

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