Toni Harris made history Tuesday, becoming the first female football player at a skill position to sign a letter of intent, accepting a scholarship to Central Methodist University in Missouri.
Harris first made news when she was offered a scholarship in January 2018 to play football at Bethany College, an NAIA school in Kansas.
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The 5-foot-7, 164-pound safety from Detroit had been playing football at East Los Angeles College in California for the past two seasons and will now further her college career at Central Methodist.
“A lot of coaches didn’t believe in me,” Harris told ESPN in January. “A coach told me, ‘Nobody’s ever going to play you to be at the next level.’ In the end, you’ve got to push yourself. I’m going to focus on my goals.”
Her ultimate goal is to play in the NFL, but for now she is content with the opportunity ahead of her at Central Methodist.
“The NFL is the dream,” Harris said in an espnW Q&A. “I’m going to be working toward that until the death of me. Whether I go drafted or undrafted, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep my faith and God is going to take me there.”
Check out some of her highlights below:
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