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First female in history gets scholarship for NCAA football team

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Becca Longo, 18, is the first woman in U.S. history to sign a letter of intent for a D-II football program. Becca Longo, 18, is the first woman in U.S. history to sign a letter of intent for a D-II football program.
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This Arizona teenager is the first female to receive a college scholarship to play football at an NCAA-affiliated school.

Her name is Becca Longo, and she joined her high school team as a kicker during her sophomore year. By her senior year, she made 30 out of 33 point-after attempts and hit a 30 yard field goal.

Longo caught the attention of the Adams State University recruiters after sending in her highlight reel and contacting them via social media.

She's the first woman to sign a letter of intent for a D-II football program.

ASU head coach Timm Rosenbach called her a qualified player and seemed not to focus on her gender.

"If she's able to compete at a level we think she's able to compete at, we should afford her that opportunity to do that," he said.

Longo will be playing both football and basketball at Colorado's Adams State next school year.

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