*22-year-old Antoinette “Toni” Harris wants to be the first female player in the NFL and she seems to be well on her way of accomplishing her goal after receiving a college scholarship to play the male-dominated sport.
As reported by VIBE, the Detroit native currently plays safety at East Los Angeles College. She was recently offered a scholarship to Bethany College’s NAIA program in Kansas. Harris will reportedly be the second woman to receive a football scholarship.
According to SBNation, kicker Becca Longo signed with a DII school last spring and is believed to be the first American woman to earn a scholarship from a program.
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— Toni (@_Antoinetteeeee) January 17, 2018
“[Football] was something I watched with my cousin, his name is Demetrius Harris. I watched him play a lot,” Harris told VIBE at Toyota’s First Annual Bowl Brunch in New York on Jan. 29. “My parents aren’t really into sports, but my mom played basketball, and my sister played. But my siblings didn’t play any sports, or any other sports for that matter, it was just me. I grew up watching [Harris], and I wanted to do it too.”
Harris made her debut in Toyota’s newly released Super Bowl commercial for their 2019 RAV4 HV, check it out via the clip below.
Prior to the big game on Sunday, Harris shared her hopes for the Super Bowl outcome.
“I’m not really for either team, but I’d rather see the L.A. Rams win in the Super Bowl,” she told Essence. “It’s time for something new, there should be a stipulation about how many times you can be in these big things. You wanna see sports competitions, not blowouts and not the same teams in the finals each time.”
The rising star also revealed that has had to overcome a tremendous amount of challenges in her pursuit of the game. Raised in the church, one aspect of her life that never waivers is her faith.
“As long as I keep my faith in everything I do, and I make sure I give God all the praises for what he’s done for me.”