Antoinette Harris, a Michigan native thought to be the first female junior college football player, announced that she has received a scholarship offer.
Back in 2014, Antoinette Harris, or “Toni” for short, attempted to try out for the Toledo Rockets. She spoke to the school’s Rivals site about the decision.
“My dream since I was a little girl was to be the first NFL female player. I take that dream seriously; I train seven days a week and twice a day with a personal trainer. We train four hours every afternoon to work on speed and hand-eyed coordination.”
The Toledo opportunity did not materialize, but Harris did not stop pursuing football. She wound up at East Los Angeles College, where she has played the last two seasons.
While there have been women who have kicked for college football programs, Harris is attempting to break down another barrier. She plays free safety.
On Wednesday night, Harris made a big announcement. She picked up a scholarship offer from a four-year college.
Bethany College, an NAIA program in Kansas, came through with the offer. The Swedes were 5-5 on the season in 2017.
— Toni ✨ (@_Antoinetteeeee) January 17, 2018
Playing college football will certainly be a major obstacle, but Harris is not one to back down from those. CBS Local in Los Angeles wrote about Harris’s tough upbringing in the fall.
Overcoming obstacles is nothing new for Harris. At age 4 she was placed in foster care and was moved around until being adopted nine years later. Then she got the scare of her life at just 18.
“I found out I had Ovarian cancer stage one, I had a tumor inside of my stomach.”
Harris conquered cancer but there was no guarantee she’d play college football.
However things turn out, this is an awesome story. We look forward to following the rest of Harris’s journey.