It is no longer a sport just for boys…
In recent years, the NFL and collegiate football has seen women joining the officiating crews and coaching staff. But kicker Sarah Fuller has taken it one step further and has become the first female on one of the Power Five teams to participate in a football game.
After the Covid-19 virus has devasted special teams players on the Vanderbilt football team, the team reached out to Vanderbilt women’s soccer goalkeeper Sarah Fuller to join the team as the kicker.
While she had little opportunity to shine in the 41-0 loss to Missouri, she became the first female player in a Power Five conference – SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 – to play in a game.
Wearing a sticker on her helmet that said, “play like a girl”; Fuller spoke on her opportunity saying, “honestly, it’s just so exciting. The fact that I can represent the little girls out there who wanted to do this or thought about playing football or any sport, really, and it encourages them to be able to step out and do something big like this, so it’s awesome.”
A two time champion goalkeeper, Fuller’s football team mates have given her the nickname of “Champ”.
Helping to pave the way for Fuller; April Gross played at Kent State and Katie Hnida played at New Mexico; both FBS – formerly Division II schools.
feature photo credit: Vanderbilt Athletics Facebook page