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Erin DiMeglio is a woman football player: Girl Is Pioneer at Quarterback for Florida High School (and now College)

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This event, observed on video and recounted by Gatewood in an interview, was not a publicity stunt or a tale of a small-town football team with a jersey to spare. South Plantation High is near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., nestled in one of the nation’s high school football hotbeds. The Paladins’ roster is filled with college prospects. The star running back has committed to Miami, and its starting quarterback has offers from Navy and Air Force. And, yes, one of the backup quarterbacks is a girl.

Erin DiMeglio, a 17-year-old senior, was 2 for 3 passing in that scrimmage at Loxahatchee. And on Friday night, she took two snaps in the Paladins’ 31-14 season-opening victory against Nova, handing the ball off both times. She is believed to be the first girl to play quarterback in a Florida high school football game.

I'm excited for her but also frightened for her.

The thought of her getting sacked makes me nervous.

She will play on the University of Central Florida football team in 2014:

Video of Erin in 2012:

Here is her Twitter:

"As a sophomore during the 2013-2014 academic year, Erin decided to redshirt in football, and play women's basketball."

If she can throw a ball and take a blitz, more power to her!

Football upvote gif Chicago bears Walter Peyton sweetness

Inspiring story.

She's tiny for a quarterback:

DiMeglio, who is 5 feet 5 inches and 140 pounds, did not go down, but she did fire a pinpoint pass to a receiver, who turned upfield for a 10-yard gain. Fans cheered. Cheerleaders chanted Erin’s name. Kathleen DiMeglio exhaled.

I wonder if smaller quarterbacks have greater chance of getting injured.

also a lower chance of seeing the field.   =p

But better chance of sneaking underneath tackles, like Lamichael James on the 49ers.

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