Becca Longo, an 18-year-old kicker from Arizona, is making college football history. And she didn’t even know it until this week.
Longo is the first female player to ever earn a scholarship to play college football at the Division II level or higher, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. She signed her letter of intent to play at D-II Adams State a few weeks ago, but she didn’t know that piece of trivia until her high school coach shared it at her signing ceremony Wednesday.
“I didn’t know that until today,” Longo said. “I’m still in shock from it. I’m just amazed.”
— Beccs (@BeccaLongo) April 12, 2017
There have been a few female college football players in years past, but no woman had ever earned a scholarship spot before Longo.
Longo is also a two-sport star. She will play football and basketball for Adams State.
“It was like recruiting any other athlete,” Adams State coach Timm Rosenbach said, according to the Arizona Republic’s Richard Obert. “In Division II, we can see their workouts. To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive. She has a strong leg, and she can be very accurate.”
Longo started for Basha High in Chandler, Ariz., last season. She was 35-of-38 on extra points and made her only field goal attempt from 30 yards.