Arizona teen becomes first female to receive college football scholarship
On April 12, 2017, 18-year-old Becca Longo made history by becoming the first female to sign a letter of intent to play football at a D-II football program, according to cbsnews.com. She'll be playing next year at Adams State University, in Colorado, where she'll also also play basketball.
Longo started kicking for her Arizona high school team during her sophomore year, and by her senior season she made 30 out of 33 point-after attempts and hit a 30-yard field goal. That got the attention of college coaches.
According to usatoday.com, there have been 12 females to play college football, but Longo is the first to receive a scholarship. The others were all walk-ons.
"My jaw dropped. I was just shocked," Longo said when she learned that she had made history.
On the field she's a role model for girls and young women, showing them they can do anything they set their minds to. On the sidelines, she can often be seen encouraging young fans and signing shirts.
"I just want them to go out there and do what they love. I don’t want them to have to worry about what everyone else thinks," Longo said, according to usatoday.com.