Published on March 8, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
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Flashback to Super Bowl LIII – Toyota had one of our favorite commercials, featuring Antoinette “Toni” Harris, detailing her dreams of playing in the NFL since she was just a kid. It was an inspiring moment for women of every age watching, which was a nice change from Budweiser’s Clydesdales, no matter how much we love seeing those horses.
Last week, it was announced that Harris, who played safety at East Los Angeles College earned herself a scholarship to play at Central Methodist University – making her the first female skill-position player to play college football on a scholarship. Technically, she has only signed her Letter of Intent so far, but if all goes according to plan, she’ll have that title under her belt. Get it, girl.
Safety Toni Harris commits to Central Methodist University
She is the first woman to sign a letter of intent at a skill position in CFB history
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2019
She’s just a few years of playing away from making her dreams of being in the NFL come true. She told ESPN, “I’m going to be working toward that until the death of me. Whether I go drafted or undrafted, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep my faith and God is going to take me there.” If only all athletes could stay that humble and driven.
So fans, what’s more important for you when it comes to a player? We know the first thing you’ll look for is performance – do they have the skillset to take your team all the way? But aside from that? Do you value their gender over their level of commitment? If a woman proves herself in college that she can roll with the best of them, do you want to see her on your team?