Adams State University Awards Football Scholarship To A Female

Adams State University Awards Football Scholarship To A Female

When the Chandler (Ariz.) Basha High senior signed her national letter of intent with Division II Adams State on Wednesday, she became the first female football player to do so for a college at that level or higher. Last year, she made 30 of 33 extra-point attempts.

"I didn't know that until today", Becca said after he football coach, Gerald Todd, told her about this historic fact. Offensive coordinator Josh Blankenship then visited her in Arizona and expressed interest.

While there have been about a dozen documented women who have played college football, but none of those who played for NCAA-affiliated programs were on scholarship.

She'll be the second woman to play in the NCAA Division II level or higher, according to HERO Sports News. "I'm ready to compete", she said. He says "she has a strong leg and she can be very accurate".

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She worked out for the coaches at Adams State and performed well enough to receive a scholarship offer.

"It's insane to think about it and how much it is blowing up", Longo said.

An assistant coach eventually came to the school and invited Longo to visit the university.

Becca Longo was just playing football.

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Liz Heaston made a few extra points for NAIA school Willamette in 1997 and is believed to be the first woman to ever score a point in a college game. She also kicked a 30 yard field goald.

"The doctors told me that I couldn't play sports ever again and I just kind of like used that as motivation to prove them wrong", she said. My wife is a former pro athlete.

Inspired by an older brother who played football, Longo picked up the sport her sophomore year.

Adams State, which play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, open their 2017 season on 2 September against South Dakota's Black Hills State University. 'I don't really have any expectations beyond that'.

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