College Football Star Toni Harris Opens Up About Her 'Dream' to Be the First Female NFL Player
Women are breaking the glass ceiling in more ways than one — and female football player Antionette “Toni” Harris hopes to smash the one hanging over the NFL.
Harris stopped by People Now this week, and got candid about her goal to become the first female to play for the professional league.
“I’ve had this dream ever since I was younger,” Harris explains. “I do feel a lot more pumped now since I have the platform to show coaches that I have the talent and the potential to play at the next level, the collegiate level and the NFL level, so I’m ready.”
Earlier this month, Harris — who plays free safety at East Los Angeles College in California — received a scholarship offer from Bethany College to play football at the NAIA school, potentially becoming one of the first women to play a non-kicker position on a college football roster, ESPN reported. It would also make her the first female player to receive a scholarship offer for football.
Harris has since also been extended scholarship offers from Adams State University, Graceland University and Kentucky Christian University, according to USA Today. She’lll sign her letter of intent this summer.
And Harris is already making her Super Bowl debut as well, partnering with Toyota to highlight her story in their big game commercial. She recalls getting ready for a game, or “business trip” as she likes to call it, when she received the offer to share her story with the millions of people who will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“I was getting ready for a game, it was like a four-hour business trip … and I all of a sudden heard my phone beep,” Harris tells People Now. “I saw a message saying that Toyota wanted to interline my story with the Rav4 they were using for the Super Bowl this year and I was like ‘Wow! What!’ ”
Harris is beyond excited to see her story and her vision play out for Super Bowl viewers and says the commercial will air in the second quarter right before the two-minute warning.