Gender barrier-breaking female football player signs athletic scholarship to college

Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 15:12:32-05

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    Fayette, MO (KMBC) — The first non-specialist position female football player to sign a letter of intent to play college football player on scholarship is coming to Missouri.

Antoinette “Toni” Harris announced her decision to sign with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri Tuesday.

Harris, a free safety, was featured in a Toyota Super Bowl ad on female empowerment.

Harris spent two seasons playing for East Los Angeles College before accepting the scholarship from Central Methodist University.

“Toni Harris has shown great resolve in her journey and quest to be a college football player,” said Bobby Godinez, who coached Harris at East Los Angeles College. “We all wish her the best in her journey beyond ELAC.”

A release from Central Methodist said Harris chose the Missouri school over five other offers.

“I picked Central Methodist because of the resilience within the school itself and how Coach Calloway had been communicating with me before the Super Bowl stuff ever popped up,” Harris said.

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