Fort Worth, Texas’ first female football player in 15 years is out to prove girls can play ball with the boys in any field.
Reilly Fox, a kicker, is the first girl in 15 years to play varsity football in Fort Worth’s history. According CBS DFW, Fox earned her spot on R.L Paschal’s High school’s team by consistently making field goals from the more than 40 yards.
She showed off her skills on Saturday, the team’s third game of the season.
Paschal coach Matt Miracle was not at all afraid of Fox taking the field. He told CBS DFW “At some point in time, there’s a big ‘ol body going to be coming flying back there, and you just have to be fearless and I think she’s fearless.”
Fox said she has always dreamed of playing the game.
“Since I was little, I always liked playing football,” she told CBS DFW. “I was always a tomboy, so I would always want to go play with the boys. And I wouldn’t want to play with the girls.”
Now that her dream have come true, Fox said “It hasn’t hit me that much that I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a girl on a football team. It’s just like, ‘Oh, I’m a kicker on a football team. I just happen to be a girl.'”
Fox’s spot on the team has inspired many including her mother who believes the climate for ambitious women is changing.
“You know it’s easier for women to lean in and come and do things that they normally wouldn’t have been able to do,” said Karen Vermaire Fox.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to CBS DFW