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FAN Take – Can She Play?

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Last week, FOX Sports released their video “She Can Play,” centered on women’s rise in football.  It highlights four women in particular as they work to change the game of football: Tye Cervantez, K-lani Nava, Jen Welter and Odessa Jenkins. The former are creating a buzz for women in football on an amateur level, while the latter have their sights set on taking the professional world of football by storm.

Cervantez and Nava are both high school athletes that are making names for themselves on their football teams. Cervantez, a WR and Safety from Cotton Center High School, was able to secure a spot after there was difficulty filling out the roster. Nava, a Kicker from Strawn High School, played on her school’s team for three seasons and made history as the first female player to score points during a championship game – which her team ended up winning.

Jen Welter made headlines when she became the first female coach in the NFL, working for the Arizona Cardinals. Since her departure from Arizona, she has focused on increasing access and opportunities in football for women through her GRRRidiron Flag Football Camps, as well as her Camp on the Corner program that targets youth in under-served areas. Prior to making a name for herself as a coach, she had fourteen-year career in women’s professional football, including two gold medals as a member of Team USA in 2010 and 2013. But Welter wasn’t the only one to earn a medal in 2013 – her teammate Odessa Jenkins was on the podium alongside her. Jenkins is now the Co-Owner and Head Coach of Dallas Elite Women’s Football, establishing the team as a premier sports brand while helping her team maintain an undefeated status.

These four individuals have already proven themselves as contenders both on and off the field, which has us wondering if there is room for women in the FCFL, since we are changing the game from the ground up. Do you think the FCFL should open up our combines to include female football players? After all, at the end of the day we want the best talent possible on each team. And should the FCFL open up our search for coaches and other key team staff positions to women as well? We previously threw around the idea of opening up cheerleading spots to men, so why not level the playing field across the board? This is the FAN Controlled Football League, so we’re looking to YOU for some input here! Let us know what you think!

Power To The FANS!

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