How I Became A Football Player & Homecoming Queen | Anomaly | Refinery29

How I Became A Football Player & Homecoming Queen | Anomaly | Refinery29

I feel like not being nervous is the secret
to being a great kicker. I feel I am just focused on making the kick and there is nothing else really going through my head. If you let your nerves take control
of you you’re more likely going to mess up. And I think by keeping a clear head you’re focused on the goal and the one thing you have to do and to get through the uprights. There’s 64 of us on the team. I’m the only girl on the football team. I started on as a freshman on varsity. I remember trying out a bunch of different sports. I played softball for 2 years. Basketball. I started playing soccer when I was four years old. Just for rec mostly. Right to ya. Yeah it was. I just really like to be part of a team. My friends came up to me, I think it was after a soccer game. And they were like why don’t you kick for a football team? And I don’t know it was a kind of a joke at that point. And they kept saying it. And I guess I just got the idea in my head that I maybe could actually do that. I had already been convinced and I was excited for the season. But the hard part was convincing my mom. My mother was worried that I would get hit. But I think she gradually came around to that idea. We needed a kicker cause ours graduated. She always, she talked about talked wanting to play and I seen her kick in games. Soccer. And I had seen her kick about 40 yards out. And so I told her if she was serious I’d come help her kick. Normally people it takes a little bit to adjust to kicking a football. And I think, I don’t know. She just like booted it. So as soon as she did that I got my phone out and tapped the next one. And sent it right to Coach Miller. The kids sent me videos of her out here kicking on the game field one day. Of course, I call him and was like how far is that? That’s 40 yards and I said that is pretty impressive. So that is the first video I had of her. She just came out and kicked. Never kicked a football before in her life. So, I told her you know, that I would give her a chance. I let her know in the very beginning that nothing is given on this team, everything is earned. And that were not doing publicity stunt and I asked how genuine she was. Did she really want to kick? And she, you know. She assured me she was and she has worked very hard since that decision. She is so good at what she does. She is like an asset. Yeah she is key contributor of the team. She is leading on the conference. In kicking. On top of the conference. In kicking. She is like sixth in the state in scoring
from kickers. She is excelling. Being the only girl on the football team it’s a little weird. Honestly! Especially since I’ve been used to teams with all girls. I was a little scared of what the boys would say. How they would treat me. Just like the overall response to me being on the team. But I am glad to say that, there’s been no problem. All the boys have been really great to me and I have made some really great friends through it. Julia! It’s just a very different dynamic in the way they act and the way that they mess around with each other. They have no filter. They just say what comes to mind. And I think that is very different from the way girls act. But I think I have gotten used to it and I think that it’ll be weird switching back to all girls after the season is over. You know we got good kids here. And they know that I don’t tolerate any type of hazing, bullying or anything like that. Everybody is accepted. We have been friends with her so long so like the bond is already there. So she just fit right in with like the group we already had. I don’t know I really don’t think about it. She is like kind of one of the one of the guys I guess. She doesn’t get coddled at all. Just cause she is like a girl. I guess people expect us to like to like treat her like she on the fragile, whatever. But not at all. …being given away tonight at the end of the game. Or near the end of game. And it’s our one dollar each. One dollar each. Troutman I think runs on football. That’s like it’s a big part of this town. It’s something that draws our community together. And I play soccer with Julia, we have been friends since about freshman year. Honestly, I think she has always been pretty fearless. She’s really inspiring going out here. Breaking stereotypes by becoming a kicker on the football team. I couldn’t be more proud of her. We all were behind her. We all supported her. She’s, I mean she won homecoming queen two weeks ago so. I am so proud of her. I am so glad she is one of my friends. My closest friends. I am so proud of her. I used to play football on my junior year. I was like Julia go out there and do the best you can. I am going to support you a hundred percent. Girls if you guys really love football just go out there and don’t be scared. And show them not only boys can play a dominate sport but girls can too. My parents have always been really supportive. They have never missed a game yet. After we scored touchdown I’d be standing in the sidelines next to Coach Miller. And then he’ll send me in. My advice to a young girl who plays football is don’t be scared of what people are gonna say. Or what people are going to think. You can be great at anything. I feel like a lot of women just need to be empowered. And it’s not just men who rule the world.

83 thoughts on “How I Became A Football Player & Homecoming Queen | Anomaly | Refinery29

  1. Allow your passion to become your purpose,and it will one day become your profession ❤️ such a inspiring video

  2. YES! Love women who work hard and follow their passion! Also, good for her team and coach for being open-minded.

  3. I really like this!! You should do what makes you happy and I really like that the guys didn't care. They also helped her get on the team, that's awesome!!!

  4. How inspiring you are Julia, women can be anything they want to be, I also appreciated that Julia's team mates appreciate her for her talent, hard work and determination, very refreshing.

  5. Her teammates are amazing for supporting her instead of making fun of her. Most other high school jocks would be dicks about it.

  6. I play as a linebacker and I am also the only girl on my team. Joining the York Centurions was the best decision I have ever made. All the guys treat me like one of the lads and it honestly made me wonder where the hell this stereotype that girls can't play NFL came from. If you have passion for the sport then you go out there and play it, no one is stopping you!!
    If anyone says different then fuck them. You're in charge of your life.

  7. Good for her. You go girl. My friend ashley joined our high schools wrestling team.. the coach was a jerkoff and tried to make it hard for her but she persevered..and I'm pretty sure to his day she was the only girl ever on the team.

  8. I am an 8th grader and I play runningback and linebacker. As a girl, I can say that I was definitely questioning doing football in highschool next year, but I am sure I will now.

  9. this is amazing. When I was in high school, 2008 – 2011, it was unheard of for a girl to be on the football team. It was a flat out, stubborn no. I grew up in Middlesex County, NJ, which is considered a relatively liberal place, especially for young people. This one girl I graduated with campaigned and campaigned for a chance on the team and it was this hugeeee controversy. She eventually did make it on the team, but I think it took like, a year or two for a chance at try outs. It was pretty wild how stubborn the coaches were considering another girl in the class ahead of us held every single weight lifting record – my little sister goes to that same high school now and her records still stand.

  10. Is in not just a normal thing in America for girls to do football? Where I live in Ireland, it’s just as normal for girls to do football as boys. Every school they’res a girl’s football team, and a boys football team. I hate that in America, the boys seem to be the outstanding strong people and the girls just cheer them on in skimpy outfits..

  11. Not only is Julia inspiring, I also loved the way her teammates talked about her. These young adults are giving me hope for the future.

  12. It’s always awesome to see another girl who has also played football! After recovering from an ACL/Meniscus reconstruction surgery my sophomore year, I decided I’d try something other than volleyball, so I joined football. Best decision I’ve ever made. I’m grateful that I had teammates and coaches just like hers that were supportive all the way through, because football is byfar the hardest sport I’ve ever played physically and mentally (especially at my position considering my size). My first year playing defensive tackle I also made varsity. Kudos to you mamas!

  13. It's kind of funny because there's a high school in my school district. That has the same school colors and mascot

  14. I love how welcoming the team was to you. When I went out to tryout for kicker for my team no one wanted me on the field not even the coach. I kicked farther than the boys. Keep up the good work.

  15. I’m in grade seven and I play rugby but I had to go through so much in order to get a girls rugby team in my school

  16. I know that she is very brave and all of that, but being a kicker is very easy compared to positions like the tackle and guards where it is physical. No hate, I’m just saying her position isn’t as difficult as many of the others. I still support her and wish her the best of luck!

  17. I’ve gotten asked to play football as a kicker but I lived 7 hours away so I couldn’t, my town doesn’t have a team

  18. i was a kicker on my schools football team in 7th grade,
    i decided to run cross country in 8th grade instead
    later learned i was really good at offense
    too good
    to the point where a bunch of the guys planned to beat me up at practice
    but i had club soccer practice and missed it
    lucky i guess

  19. i’ve been seeing all of these videos of girls playing football and it makes me want to make my decision to play. i have been i love with football for years but i’ve only been a cheerleader my whole life. but i’ve finally made my decision to play a few months ago and i’m honestly so scared but also very exited.

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