A young high school football start is about to get the chance of a lifetime, as SHE will be the first woman to receive an NCAA scholarship to play football. The opportunity of course, doesn’t come without the negativity though, as some have claimed that she just doesn’t have what it takes.
‘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.’
Longo is making history by being the very first woman to win an NCAA scholarship to play for a Division II program this next March playing for Adams State University in Colorado.
Her coach there is Timm Rosenbach, a former NFL quarterback who knows that the 18-year-old has what it takes to bring in the wins.
‘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.’
From Daily Mail:
Rosenbach spent six years in the NFL, playing quarterback for the Phoenix Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints. He plated for Washington State University before that. When Longo signed to Adams State two months ago, she had no idea the history she was making. Longo said it was her high school football coach, Gerald Todd, who informed her she was the first woman ever to receive a scholarship at the Division II level to play football. At the time, she said she was ‘still in shock from it’ and ‘just amazed’.
Longo told ESPN that she has had a fascination with kicking for years, despite suffering a back injury that led doctors to believe she would never play sports again.
In 2014, she was the junior varsity kicker at Queen Creek High in Arizona but was forced to sit out her junior year after transferring to Basha High.
Last year, she won a starting job on field goals and extra points. Longo converted 35 of 38 extra-point attempts last season and was good on her lone field goal attempt of 30 yards, according to ESPN. During the season, Longo reached out to Adams State, but didn’t hear back until it was over.
But as luck would have it, the assistant coach finally made contact with Longo and invited the kicker to come check out the university. When she visited, she displayed her kicks for the coaching staff – and that was all they needed to see to give her an offer.
‘I’m ready to compete,’ Longo said. ‘I don’t really have any expectations beyond that.’
Though dozens of women have played football for colleges, not a single one had earned a NCAA scholarship – until Becca Longo!
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