Arizona woman makes college football history
PHOENIX (WKRC) - An Arizona is believed to be the first female football player to earn a scholarship with a Division II or higher NCAA football program.
Becca Longo has signed with Division II Adams State to be the team's kicker.
"So, I mean I'm going to go in, I'm going to be ready to compete," Longo said. "I'm not one to back down to anybody."
ESPN reported that Longo converted 35 of 38 extra-point attempts for Queen Creek High School last season and made her lone field goal attempt, which was 30 yards. She told ESPN writer Kyle Bonagura that she feels comfortable on field goals from 45 yards and in.
"She's got great mental toughness," Adams State football coach Tim Rosenbach said. "She has to, if she's put herself in this position. By having that mental toughness, she deserves an opportunity right there to compete."
The 18-year-old will also play basketball at the Colorado school.
According to ESPN, about a dozen women have played college football, but none of them were under athletic scholarship.