You may have heard the incredible story of Toni Harris, the young woman who played as a safety at East Los Angeles College. She starred in a Super Bowl commercial for the Toyota RAV4, and recently received a scholarship to play at NAIA school Central Methodist University, becoming the first non-specialist woman to sign a letter of intent to play college football. (Rebecca Longo signed a letter of intent to be kicker for Adams State University, but hasn’t played in a game yet)
Harris has not only broken down barriers, she has battled ovarian cancer, going into remission in 2017. She is aiming to continue making history with the dream of playing in the NFL. And who does she want to play for? The Seattle Seahawks.
Toni Harris (@_Antoinetteeeee) just became the first female skill position player to receive a college football scholarship.— NFL (@NFL) February 27, 2019
And she has dreams of playing in the NFL for the @Seahawks pic.twitter.com/8gH2g1ytRR
At the NFL Combine, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sent out a message congratulating Harris for her remarkable achievements.
“I understand that there is someone coming out of Monterey Park getting a scholarship – Toni Harris – that’s got a chance and might have a future with the Seahawks,” Carroll said.
“(We’re) going to be watching her really carefully over the years and see how she develops and we’re looking for a lot of big plays. And I know she can make the interceptions, I’ve seen a couple highlights of that, so we’re excited about her getting in the game. And congratulations on being the first and setting the stage for a lot of the other young girls to go ahead make the same kind of jump. They can do it, anybody can do this stuff.”
Harris responded to Carroll’s video on Twitter.
You can watch her highlight reel in the video below!