Becca Longo Becomes the First Female Scholarship Football Player
14 April, 2017, 19:09
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. Last year, she made 30 of 33 extra-point attempts. Adams State offensive coordinator Josh Blankenship visited Basha High School to see Longo on the field. "I thought I was signing a piece of paper to play what I love".
Females have played football for colleges in the past, but this is the highest level of football for a female to play on a scholarship.
She also began following Adams State head football coach Timm Rosenbach on Twitter, which got his attention. Adams State is an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Jacksonville State's Ashley Martin made three extra points in 2001, when she was the first woman in Division I ball.
"It is hard to put into words what all of this means", she said. Longo actually contacted them first during the season to hopefully peak their intrest in recruiting her. If you've seen high school kicking out there, you know that is not to be taken for granted.
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- Liz Heaston: Kicked two extra points for Willamette, then an NAIA program, on October 18, 1997 to become the first woman to score in a college football game. Garrett holds the national record for females with a 48-yard field goal. This might mark the first woman ever to get a scholarship for playing football.
"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.
The team also has returning sophomore Eduardo Majalca and signed Tiago Paim. "I don't really have any expectations beyond that".
During the season, Longo reached out to Adams State, but didn't hear back.
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