Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5 football game

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Vanderbilt didn’t score a point in a 41-0 loss to Missouri on Saturday, but the Commodores still made history.

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller kicked off to start the second half, becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s SEC championship soccer team, sent a squib kick to the 35-yard line where it was downed by Missouri.

“Honestly, it’s just so exciting,” Fuller said, via Alex Scarborough of ESPN. “The fact that I can represent all the girls out there that have wanted to do this or thought about playing football or any sport really, and it encourages them to be able to step out and do something big like this. It’s awesome.”

Fuller became just the third woman to participate in an FBS football game, following Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State.

Fuller earned a spot on the roster with a tryout this week and was the only kicker to travel. Vanderbilt had a kicker opt out before the season, and several of its specialists went into quarantine this week after COVID-19 testing.

Fuller wore a sticker on her helmet that reads: “Play Like a Girl.”

Soccer star Carli Lloyd visited an NFL practice in the summer of 2019. After drilling a 55-yard field goal, talk arose that she could become the first woman in the NFL. She said this spring she remains interested.

38 responses to “Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5 football game

  1. I’m all for barriers being broken, but let us be honest. This was a publicity stunt. When I heard this I was thinking okay, good for her. Then I found out that she kicked the ball 30 yards. It looked like it would have gone out of bounds had it not been fielded. All she did was take up a roster spot of someone who deserved it. I am almost 60 years old and overweight and I could kick a football much farther than she did today. How about this. If there is a female kicker out there who can do the job. Let her do it. This however reminded me of what the Whote Sox did with Eddie Gaedel.

  2. This is getting so ridiculous, it’s time for these PR stunts to be over. Men play Football.

  3. They were losing 0-21 when ESPN promised to break away to her kicking live if the opportunity arises. That’s not equality.

  4. Can’t wait for some guy to sue cuz he wants to play Field Hockey. The NCAA is going to regret opening this Pandora’s Box

  5. I’m assuming Mizzou won the coin toss and didn’t want to start the game with a publicity stunt. Even still, why wouldn’t you showcase her leg and have her boot that thing out the back of the end zone to start the second half?

  6. itsouryear says:
    November 28, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    All she did was take up a roster spot of someone who deserved it.
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    Did you read the article? Vandy had no one left who could kick. All the “deserving” guys had opted-out or were sick.

  7. Vanderbilt couldn’t find anyone to kick it further than a squib kick?
    To state the obvious, it’s much harder to kick a college FB than a soccer ball. Clearly, it was just a publicity stunt for a terrible winless team

  8. Remember when kickers were made fun of as being non-players? The NFL has officially become “woke” and it will be interesting to see if jokes are made of kickers anymore.

  9. This was a joke. This was the most exposure that this pathetic team received all year. Vandy shouldn’t even be in the SEC. I’m sick of hearing about this on ESPN.

  10. therealtrenches says:
    November 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm
    Why didn’t this article come with a trigger alert for insecure men?

    Why do the woke wrongly pronounce anyone criticizing politically correct attention grabbing antics such as this as insecure when they speak the truth?

  11. supercharger says:
    November 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm
    They were losing 0-21 when ESPN promised to break away to her kicking live if the opportunity arises. That’s not equality.

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    Do you know this for a fact or are you just speculating? Controversial and juicy, if true. Asinine, if not.

  12. Kurt Laughlin says:
    November 28, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    itsouryear says:
    November 28, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    All she did was take up a roster spot of someone who deserved it.
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    Did you read the article? Vandy had no one left who could kick. All the “deserving” guys had opted-out or were sick.

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    Next Girl Up.

  13. It’s funny how a bunch of grown men are so intimidated by what this woman has done that they feel compelled to post something negative. Why not rally behind her as we would anyone else that overcame long odds to fulfil a dream or a goal? It reminds me of those “It’s a publicity stunt” posts when Shaquem Griffin made the Seahawks a few years ago. But whatya know??? The guy is still playing and is still a damn good football player. Give credit where credit is due.

  14. I hate to be one of “those people”….but put me in the detractors column….there was nothing remotely remarkable about a 30 yard squib kick.

  15. I can promise you they could find some dude on campus that was a decent kicker for their high school team. This was North Korean level propaganda.

  16. This is an example of political correctness and identity politics gone mad. People used to make teams because of skill and ability, she made the team because of her lady parts and the need to virtue signal so everyone could see how woke Vanderbilt is. This is stupidity in the highest order.

  17. I bet there were players on Vanderbilt who kicked in HS who clearly could have done the job. Or how about the punter?

  18. “Play” is hardly what I would call it. They said it was a squib kick so I’m not sure if it was planned or not. Still, this was little more than a publicity stunt. It reminds me of tennis exhibitions when a player gives his racket to a ballkid and let them play a few points. I’m all for equality but the comparison to Eddie Gael is appropriate in this case. What’s next?…..bringing in someone’s grandma to kick?

  19. “I’m all for equality but the comparison to Eddie Gael is appropriate in this case. What’s next?…..bringing in someone’s grandma to kick”
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    I don’t know about kicking, but my grandma sure could slap.

  20. She had a ‘Play Line A Girl’ sticker on her helmet? How embarrassing…..

    Were they out of all the ‘Hit Like A Girl’ stickers?

  21. Anything as overhyped as this non-event was is guaranteed to draw some guffaws, and probably rightfully so, and it’s hard to believe that everyone doesn’t sense this on some level, deep down. It was downright silly. Not the girl’s fault, but the media’s.

  22. Kurt Laughlin

    I read the article. She dis not deserve to play. They had a dozen players or more on the roster who could kick a ball 30 yards. Actually, was there anyone on the team who couldn’t kick the ball 30 yards?

  23. Liberals..Can you all please just stop? I love you all equally but unfortunately not everyone is created equal in the physical sense. I am a 5’9″ somewhat athletic older white male that will never be good enough to play college or pro. She is a woman who also doesn’t have the gifts to make a collegiate or promotional career happen. Libs, again I ask of you to stop with this ridiculousness.

  24. Since when did qualifications matter? We just fired a president who had no qualifications whatsoever. I guess a kicker in a college football 41-0 blowout is more important.

  25. Omg, this is why the media gets no respect, because they don’t deserve it. No offense to this young lady at all but this would be the equivalent of Jackie Robinson making headlines through out the world for simply trying on the uniform

  26. I wish she would have got a chance to kick a field goal or extra point. It is embarrassing for her that they are making such a big deal about a squib kick. They should give her an opportunity in a future game.

  27. If she earned the spot fairly based on her skills then good for her. If not, then she’s being used as a token who was held up falsely for accomplishments she didn’t actually earn. I think the latter does more harm than good for women who are truly capable in their fields.

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