ALAMOSA — Becca Longo, 18, is believed to have become the first female in history to earn a football scholarship with a top-tier college team when she signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Adams State University.
Longo, a high school senior from Arizona, said she would tell young girls who have big dreams like her to “do what you love” and ignore the negativity.
“If they want to play football, go out and play football. If they want to play hockey, they can go out and play hockey,” Longo said Friday on a live interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
“Just don’t listen to all the negativity because you’re going to get a lot of it,” she said. “Just go do what you love.”
Longo was interviewed from the south patio overlooking the Grizzly football field at about 5:45 a.m. local time, 7:45 on the east coast. She was interviewed by former New York Giants great Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts of ESPN fame.
An independent film crew from Denver hired by ABC provided the live feed.
A crowd of about 40 gathered to support Becca and witness the event gave out loud cheers and applause when the interview ended.
Becca Longo isn’t the first woman to play football.
But the senior at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, made history when she signed a letter of intent to play football at Adams State University, an NCAA Division II school.
Longo, 18, is the first female to earn a football scholarship to an NCAA school at the Division II level or higher -- something she had no idea of until a signing ceremony Wednesday at her high school.
“I was completely shocked,” Longo told CNN. “Everybody who has it on video said my jaw dropped to the floor.”
The 5-foot-11, 140-pound kicker started playing football competitively her sophomore year. Knowing she wanted to kick in college, Longo sent video highlights to schools, including Adams State. She also began following Adams State head football coach Timm Rosenbach on Twitter, which got his attention.
According to the Grizzlies’ web site, Longo’s signing with ASU has garnered national headlines from ESPN, CNN, Daily Mail, and various regional media outlets.
Caption: With the ASU football scoreboard in the background, Grizzly kicking recruit Becca Longo waves to the audience watching ABC’s “Good Morning America” early Friday morning. She was totally poised in spite of the national broadcast and a typical chilly SLV breeze. Courier photo by Keith R. Cerny