Category: MVP & ROOKIES

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USA Football selects Callie Brownson as head coach of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Tackle National Football Team

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, has selected Cleveland Browns Chief of Staff Callie Brownson to serve as head coach of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Tackle National Team.

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Female football player is no lone Wolf

Shenell White, 15, is the only girl on the Deltona Wolves football teams. A sophomore, White is a starting running back on the offensive line of the Wolves’ junior-varsity team.

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“Whatever the boys can do, I can do”: Westover Middle football team has girls at quarterback, linebacker

Alonnie Muldrow, left, and Jazmine Church play on the Westover Middle School’s football team.

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12-year-old Fairview girl tackles game of football

If you happen to catch the Fairview Middle School Falcons on the football field this season, you may have noticed a long ponytail protruding from the back of one of the junior varsity helmets.

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‘Girl power’: Chicago sisters make history as standout kickers for high school football team

Football has always been a sport dominated by guys, but two Chicago sisters are showing the guys a thing or two this season.

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Maia Chaka makes history as first Black woman to officiate an NFL game

Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, as she became the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.

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All-In column: Athlete, actress Adrienne Smith the face of women in football

The future of football has flags. The future of football includes women and girls.


Local Eighth Grade Girl Joins Hubmen Football Team

When eighth grader Ary Bachand stepped out onto the field as part of the Jordan Middle School football team last fall, no one on the competing side could tell she was a girl.

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Highlands’ first female football player kicks pair of extra points in debut

New Mexico Highlands’ Valerie Baca, a freshman from Porterville, Calif., is congratulated by teammates during Friday’s game against Fort Lewis in Las Vegas, N.M. Baca, Highlands’ first female football player, kicked a pair of extra points in the fourth quarter.

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A new No. 63: Teresa Andruzzi makes high school football debut

School history was made in the junior varsity team’s 30-0 victory over Cranston High School West as a familiar name and number to Patriots fans made its football debut.

No. 63, Teresa Andruzzi.


Pro-Football Player & Blitz Champz Creator Adrienne Smith Heads Up American Flag Football League’s New Women’s Division

Adrienne Smith, creator of Blitz Champz, Boston Renegades Wide Receiver, football advocate and spokesperson, Orange is the New Black actress, and entrepreneur, has joined the American Flag Football League (AFFL) to head up the new Women’s Division. In this role, she will oversee football operations and corporate partnerships.

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Trio of Moline girls play high school football for the Maroons

Moline students Caroline Hazen, Vivian Veto and Ruby Sepeda are playing high school football for the Maroons.

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Boston Renegade Adrienne Smith’s mission to empower, inspire the next generation of women in football

Adrienne Smith cannot be stopped. On the football field, she is a star receiver for the Boston Renegades, a three-time Women’s Football Alliance champion and a two-time International Federation of American Football Women’s World Champion. She’s an entrepreneur, a producer, but more than anything, she’s an advocate, pulling those around her up along with her.

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Where Are They Now: Uxbridge native Allison Cahill stays on grid, still calling the signals

Cahill, the former Uxbridge High basketball and softball all-star who was a standout guard at Princeton University, will enter her 18th year playing football when the Renegades resume practice for the 2021 season this month.

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’21 Strong: Callie Brownson’s history-making year as a trailblazer for women in the NFL

Not many people are brave enough to take a job billed as “anything and everything,” with a bit of “unpredictable” thrown in, too.

However, they aren’t Callie Brownson. In 2020, she saw an opportunity as Cleveland Browns’ Chief of Staff as a dream come true.

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A lesson from one of the best receivers in the game

Number 10 for the Boston Renegades has compiled one of the most decorated careers in tackle and flag football in the game. Adrienne Smith’s receiver resume and stats go back more than 10 years.

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Sarah Thomas on Making History as the First Female Referee to Officiate a Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas is at the top of her game. The NFL referee will make history once again when she officiates Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, becoming the first female to do so.


A Canadian woman is revolutionizing America’s game, and the Super Bowl is the next stage

It was late February 2020 and Sam Rapoport was spearheading the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum, then in its fourth year.

Full-year coaching intern Jennifer King, right, works with Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) before the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Washington’s Jennifer King becomes NFL’s first full-time Black female assistant position coach

It’s official: Jennifer King is the first full-time African-American female assistant position coach in NFL history.

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Caroline Hodges Continues to Kick History Through the Uprights

While Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play during a regular-season game in one of college football’s Power 5 conferences by booting a kickoff on Saturday for Vanderbilt to start the second half against Missouri, Chattooga High School junior, Caroline Hodges has been kicking extra points for three seasons for the Indians.


Sarah Fuller, With a Kickoff, Is the First Woman to Play Football in a Power 5 Game

Sarah Fuller joined Vanderbilt’s football team because other members of its kicking unit had close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.Credit…Getty Images

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Oak Grove female football player tackling challenges on and off the field

(Article by Carissa Wigginton) Katarina Crnogorac didn’t know much about football when she came to the United States 14 …


Meet Tristin Keller: How the high school football star is breaking barriers in a male-dominated sport

When Tristin Keller was in third grade, she saw a sport she loved and just wanted to play it. …


There’s one girl playing tackle football in Oregon City, and she’s good

At the start of every football season, Sarah Clasen has the same conversation with parents in the stands. “Is …


‘Just go do it’: Alicia Dickerson hopes to encourage other girls through football

POWHATAN, Va. (WWBT) – Many teams in the region are looking to make history and win their first championship …

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Will Carli Lloyd open the door for the NFL’s first female player?

Carli Lloyd’s well-publicized visit with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t her first appearance at an NFL training camp, but this one ended …

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Girls just want to have fun

Another young lady will be on the gridiron this year in DeKalb County. Seventh grader Katie Retzlaff will suit …

Jen Welter has become an ambassador and role model for women in sports a year after her month-long coaching internship with the Arizona Cardinals. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

How Jen Welter’s life has changed a year after making history

Fifty-three weeks ago, Jen Welter was teaching aerobics and running boot camps in Dallas while coaching linebackers and special …

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Philly-born Temple product Lori Locust makes history as a female NFL coach even if that wasn’t her goal

It was late in a May practice on a steamy Florida afternoon, one of those moments when overheated players …

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NY Jets’ first female coach on surviving rape and seeking to inspire

When Collette V. Smith was 18, she had just moved from New York City to Alabama to attend Tuskegee …

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Allison Cahill ’03 Raises the Bar for Success, Longevity in Women’s Football

Allison Cahill ’03 earned her place in the record books in four years with the Princeton women’s basketball team, …

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Versatile athlete and alum Emily Beinecke is tackling a new challenge.

When the Tufts University softball team won the first of three straight NCAA championships in 2013, Emily Beinecke, A13, …


Football Player Wants more Women to Join the Huddle

A women’s semi-professional football player from the Poconos is hoping her story to victory will interest more girls to …


Women Making History: Meet teen football game-changer Sam Gordon

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — At nine-years-old, Sam Gordon gained national attention with a video of her dominating her male …

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Female college football player Toni Harris reveals dreams of being first woman to play in the NFL

A female football player set to star in a Super Bowl advert this Sunday has said she wants to be the …

Marjorie Herrera Lewis was taught how to throw a spiral by her mother, a rabid Notre Dame fan. (Photo by Hoyoung Lee)

How a Female Sportswriter Went From Covering to Coaching Football

Marjorie Herrera Lewis discovered the story of her sportswriting career in her allergist’s office. The former Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News writer had …


Seekonk High co-captain Garabian finds success on the football field

It will be on the soil at Robert T. Roy Field on the campus of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School …

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Cheerleader turned defensive back hopes to play football at Franklin College

FRANKLIN, Ind. — She’s on the field throwing passes, helping the defensive backs run different routes. She’s carrying around …


Kicking their way to history: West Branch duo making impact on football team

BELOIT, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s been a busy fall for two West Branch girls soccer players. Gillian Koneval and …


Watch for Her on the NFL Sidelines

Jennifer King knows she has to study twice as hard. Even before she became the Carolina Panthers’ first female coaching intern, …

Sue Sheldon of Georgetown running with the Boston Renegades. Photo by MITZI VELEZ LORENZANA

Georgetown’s Sheldon seeking football championship

Competing for a national championship is difficult enough. Doing it in a sport you didn’t pick up until adulthood …


Safety Antoinette ‘Toni’ Harris might be the 2nd woman to ever earn a college football scholarship

Antoinette “Toni” Harris may have just become the first woman ever in college football to receive a football scholarship. …


Blitz Champz Wants To Score a Touchdown with Sporty Black Girl Nerds

Adrienne Smith proves that Black Girl Nerds also come in elite athlete edition. The Boston Renegades receiver is an …

Palestine Junior High School eighth-grader Stephanie Molina is shown with her family following the 'Cats game at Van. (Photo by Vanessa Goodwyn)

Football: “The Gridiron Girls”

Fans at Palestine Junior High football games can’t help but notice the long ponytails that two of the players …

Boca Raton linebacker Hannah Pratt (30) records a tackle against Spanish River running back Sam Burton (5).

Female linebacker makes history for Boca Raton in victory

In the last minute of Boca Raton’s 14-6 win over Spanish River Monday night, coach Eric Davis sent his …


Newark girls tackle football and one of them makes histor

Deanna Guzman was looking to have a memorable senior year at Newark Collegiate Academy. No girl had ever made …


Meet Tess, Medford High’s only female football player

Medford Tech senior Tess Mauro just joined the varsity football team as the only female player. Though Tess Mauro …


Famed Utah teen sues, pursues girls high school football

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Five years after Sam Gordon’s video of her football talents playing against boys won …

Millikan kicker Chloe Robinson became the first female football player to score a point in school history. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Press-Telegram / SCNG )

Millikan’s Chloe Robinson makes history as first female player to score point for Rams

Charles de Rosier snapped it, Zach Martin held it, and Chloe Robinson kicked it. On any other night, with …


Opelousas pediatrician repeats as All-American player

What’s a 49-year-old pediatrician doing playing football in a league where women hit and tackle just like the men? …

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Bills hire female British football player Phoebe Schecter as coaching intern

The Buffalo Bills tapped a British football player and coach as one their interns for training camp. The hiring …


Lifelong Jets fan Collette Smith hired as team’s first female coach

Collette Smith has been a Jets fan her entire life. Now, she will be one of the team’s coaches. …

Rich Peltz and Bryce Saxon star in “Tight End,” a Rachel Bykowski drama at the 20% Theatre Company. (Clare McKellaston photo)

As the story of girl football player, ‘Tight End’ drops the ball

Here’s a true story: At age 14, Tami Maida earned a roster spot on her high school football team …

Becca Longo, a high school senior in Arizona, began playing football competitively as a sophomore.

Female kicker makes college football history with scholarship

Becca Longo isn’t the first woman to play football. But the senior at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, …

Gia Stamatelo, 13, played football alongside seventh-grade boys from Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown last fall. (courtesy Women's Gridiron Foundation)

Playing football like a girl

Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown residents might have noticed the brown ponytail sticking out of a Salk Middle School seventh-grade …

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Katie Hnida Shares Her Story of Making Football History and Surviving Rape

This story is part of Teen Vogue’s Girls in the Game series with Jessica Luther, which examines the role that gender …

Eriana Pula plays offensive guard and defensive line tackle for Compton's Centennial High School.

Female HS football player from Compton selected for all-star game

A senior at Compton’s Centennial High School is having quite a year: all-star in football, class president, 4.3 GPA. …


Terrell’s Cuff first female named GISA All-State football

Terrell Academy’s 2016 football season is one that won’t soon be forgotten. The Eagles reached the state semifinals, and …

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Female football player endured a lot, learned more

It was never Kelly McKenna’s intent to make a statement, never her intent to launch a salvo in the …

Coryne DeMattio, 15, is sophomore at Millbrook High School and plays defensive line for the football team.

Girls on the Gridiron: Area scholastic athletes blaze football trail

Coryne DeMattio has heard her opponents’ whispers. The 11 boys on the other side of the field can see …

Defensive lineman Kennedy Davis (65) runs down the line to tackle a player from Argo Community High School on Oct. 13 at Eisenhower High School. Davis, a freshman football player, is one of two girls on the team this year. (Declan Harty / Daily Southtown)

2 girls take on high school football at Eisenhower

In full football gear, Jade Watson and Kennedy Davis don’t look a whole lot different than their 32 Eisenhower …

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“She can hit just as hard:” Shorewood middle school girl breaks stereotype, plays football with the boys

Bring it on boys! That’s what one Shorewood Middle School girl is saying. She’s playing offense, defense and special …


Topeka varsity football team features two women

The Topeka Trojans visited Wichita Northwest Friday night. Even through the last-second madness, two players stood out among the …


Tackling the gender divide

Twelve-year-old Paxten Jensen doesn’t care that she is the first girl to play junior high football for Tri-State. She …

Feb. 21, 2014 - Allen, TX, United States of America - Texas Revolution running back Jennifer Welter (47) in looks back from the bench area during an Indoor Football League game at the Allen Event Center Friday, February 21, 2014, in Allen, Texas. The 5-foot-2-inch, 130 pound Welter is the first woman to play professional football at a position other than kicker, she made the final roster of the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, as a running back. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Jen’s Moments of Change: The First Ripple

I still remember when I found out I would represent my country in the inaugural IFAF Women’s World Championship. …


Star black female kicker mocked in racist Instagram post

A star placekicker for a Michigan high school football team was mocked on social media for her race, though …

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GIQ Chalk Talk with Noela Moreno

The GIQ Chalk Talk series is a living archive that highlights the accomplishments and struggles of women and girls who are …

Gold Hill Middle School football players from left, Lennox London, Hannah Casey and Emma Marchan. (Photo by Stephanie Marks Martell)

Tega Cay trio a sight on the gridiron

That football team you half recall, the one with a girl lost deep down the roster? The seventh string …


GIQ Chalk Talk with Cammy Fields

The GIQ Chalk Talk series is a living archive that highlights the accomplishments and struggles of women and girls who are …

From left to right: Tokay's Samantha Patton, Franklin's Jelani Williford and Tatiana Ugale, Weston Ranch's Felicity Pitts, and Lodi's Piage Ward (Clifford OTO/The Record)

‘We can do this too:’ Five area girls take on varsity football

A law passed in 1973 would eventually change the lives of current high school girls born near the turn …


How Grundy County football’s only girl captains the varsity and deals with threats

For Karastin Anderson, tonight may be the night. Then again, although opportunities are dwindling, it might not. For almost …

Elizia Garcia (center) walks back on to the practice field after getting some water and has a conversation with a teammate during practice.

Raytown middle school girl gets tough on the football field

The gender barrier is being broken at one school in the metro. One middle school football player is proving …


GIQ Chalk Talk with Evonnie Ramos

The GIQ Chalk Talk series is a living archive that highlights the accomplishments and struggles of women and girls who are …


Pennsylvania high school kicker proves girls can hit hard, too

Kelly Macnamara is the first girl to play for the North Penn High School football team, so she knows …

Three girls are playing football for Zanesville Middle School.(Photo: Chris Crook/Times Recorder)

Zanesville’s female football players defying stereotypes

Society says girls aren’t supposed to play football. It’s too rough, they say. And besides, doesn’t the team need …


GIQ Chalk Talk with Brooke Liebsch

The GIQ Chalk Talk series is a living archive that highlights the accomplishments and struggles of women and girls who are …

Charlotte Albright (7), a seventh-grade girl at Summit School, was denied a chance to play in a football game.

Female kicker denied chance to play in football game because she’s a gir

Charlotte Albright was in uniform ready to go, but she had nowhere to play last week. Albright, a backup …

News-Times/Steve Moseley - York eighth grader Cara Carranza (89) hauls in a catch during a game Tuesday night at East Hill Stadium vs. Seward. Carranza is the only girl in York who plays football.

Football helps York eighth grader Cara Carranza find courage on and off the field

She’s 13 years-old and in eighth grade. She likes Thomas Rhett and Drake. She thinks her science teacher rocks …

(left to right) Sera Barker-House, Payge Satek, Ariana Church, Alese Sartain, and Cassie Christians all play on the Bonnyville Bandits football team.

Bonnyville girls breaking barriers on the football field

Football has always been known as a “man’s game” but five local girls are changing that stereotype. Payge Satek, …


History maker: Hannah Baughman breaks barrier for Louisville football

At the 30-minute mark of a recent soccer game against Marlington, Louisville junior Hannah Baughman got a clear look …


Football: Four middle school girls are kicking stereotypes

Cheerleading has been a tad different this year for South Forsyth Middle School’s Avery Wyckoff. That’s because at football …

Alexis Ard made history on Friday night against Hunt, becoming the first female to suit up for the Pirates’ football program, converting two extra points in a 40-0 win.

Lumberton’s Ard breaking down barriers as first female kicker

After missing her sophomore soccer season because of a knee injury, Alexis Ard was determined to finish her prep …


Florida’s first woman football coach: Respect teammates and respect women

When she played the role of the ill-tempered Bernice on the docudrama ‘South Beach Tow’, Lakatriona Brunson wasn’t afraid …


Cougars football team welcomes female athlete

We hear the phrase “you hit like a girl” fairly often. But what if that girl can knock you …


Get to know Michelle Roque, Florida State’s football phenom

Florida State’s Michelle Roque first came into the national consciousness in 2014 when her football highlight reel went viral, and again …


The First Female NFL Coach Is Proud To ‘Play Like A Girl’

The phrase “play like a girl” shouldn’t be seen as an insult, according to Jen Welter, who is the first …


Girl power: Alcoa Peewee’s welcomes first female player

It’s almost football time in Tennessee, and in Blount County, a team to watch is coach Tyrone Haley’s Alcoa …


Gender no issue for Gray, LC football

If Jeanette Gray is the first woman on a high school football coaching staff in the Duneland Athletic Conference, …

Hard hitter: Lucie Stewart in action on the field

American footballer in London urges women to join in and tackle stereotypes

A female American football player from London is calling on women to try out her sport, insisting gridiron is “not just …


Jen Welter: Huddling for a Q & A with the NFL’s first female coach

Watching pint-sized youngsters playing at private academies in Florida can give one the feeling of looking through the wrong …


Mount Vernon Local Thrives in Women’s Professional Football

Playing the game of football professionally is something not many people get the opportunity to do. However, one player …


For the love of the game: Alumna to make NFL coaching debut

“Oh, wow, you play football?” the young woman asked Katie Sowers, who was waiting to have her photo taken …

Adrienne Smith, wide receiver for the Boston Renegades football team, practiced recently in Revere. (photo by Josh Reynolds)

For fitness and strategy, tech scores with this wide receiver

Women don’t just watch football, they play it. Take Adrienne Smith, a wide receiver for the Boston Renegades, a …

Adrienne Smith, wide receiver for the Boston Renegades football team, practiced recently in Revere. (photo by Josh Reynolds)

For fitness and strategy, tech scores with this wide receiver

Women don’t just watch football, they play it. Take Adrienne Smith, a wide receiver for the Boston Renegades, a …


Jen Welter meets President Obama, who then quotes her in a speech

The picture was worth the wait. More than six weeks after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House …

Jen Welter takes part in the NFL Play 60 program in Montreal on Thursday June 9, 2016. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

‘There are no limits for girls,’ NFL’s first female coach says

Dr. Jen Welter is only 5-foot-2, but she stands very tall as a force for women. Last year, Welter …