A teenager from Arizona has written her name in the annals of history after becoming the first female ever to receive a scholarship to play NCAA football at the Division II level or higher.
Becca Longo, who is 18-years-old, attended high school at Chandler Basha in Phoenix has enjoyed a successful career in football at high school level as a kicker – the 5’11, 140 lb athlete converted on 35 of her 38 extra point attempts as a senior for the Bears, and has successfully kicked field goals from as far as 30 yards.
She was knocked off balance, though, by the news that she would be the first woman ever to sign a letter of intent to play college football at the Division II level. She didn’t know that until a signing ceremony at her high school on Wednesday, when her coach, Gerald Todd, informed her of the history-making fact.
ESPN reports that there have been roughly a dozen documented cases of women playing college football, however none of them were on a scholarship to do so.
Becca Longo was floored by the revelation:
I didn’t know that until today, I’m still in shock from it. I’m just amazed.
Longo’s new head coach at Adams State, Timm Rosenbach claimed that her gender was not a consideration in their recruitment of the kicker, although she will be going up against solely male competition, both for her place in the team and on the field of play.
I see her as a football player who earned it. It was like recruiting any other athlete. In Division II, we can see their workouts. To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive. She has a strong leg and can be very accurate.
While still seemingly amazed by her own trailblazing efforts, Longo has long held a fascination with kicking and appears to be a keen student of the sport; her brother Bobby was a high-school teammate of Heidi Garrett, who is thought to converted the longest field goal of all time by a female in a competitive game, after she struck a 48 yard field goal for King High in California.
It has not all been plain sailing for the kicker, who suffered a serious back injury several years ago that doctors believed could curtail her sporting career before it had even truly begun.
She is under no illusions as to the competition she will face for playing time at Adams State – the college recently signed Tiago Paim, and have Eduardo Majalca, a returning sophomore, on their roster.
“I’m ready to compete” Longo maintains, “I don’t really have any expectations beyond that.”
She also intends to play basketball for Adams state as a non-scholarship athlete. Adams State will begin their season on 2nd September against Black Hills State University.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Ruben Gonzalez Until she gets hit by a 300 pd lineman.
Euclides Pereira Foot ball not easy I played it I was a safety and running back not easy but wish her luck I really do
Mattchoo Lacey I’m guessing she’s going to get destroyed. In more ways than one.
Gao Xiong WE WOMEN OUT HERE DOING IT 💪🏼❤️🔥