There are tough girls and then there are tough girls. Erin DiMeglio is among the most hardcore that I've ever seen. The 17-year-old young woman is the quarterback of her high school's football team.
That's right. She catches, she throws, she ... well ... does whatever football players do. And it's not some ridiculous publicity gimmick. She can really play. It's a pretty amazing -- if not scary -- sight to see this pretty, young girl holding her own on the field with all those guys at South Plantation High.
When I was in high school, the closest we got to a huddle was during a silly game of powder puff. And tackling -- forget about it. That was not allowed. Erin is on a whole other level, said coach Doug Gatewood:
I had a girl try out at wide receiver that couldn't make it through practice and I had a kicker that really couldn't make a field goal, so I didn't keep them. Erin can actually do what we ask of her ... she completes the passes I ask, she knows the plays. ... Anything I ask her to do, she does.
And she is not the least bit intimidated. In fact, her teammates don't seem to have an issue with her being there and calling the shots as QB no less. She says they treat her "like one of the guys." I think that's what would scare me most, actually. I can't imagine getting tackled or -- if I were her mom -- watching her get brought down by some linebacker.
I am in total awe of her, though. I'm ashamed to admit this, but when I first heard about Erin, I assumed she would look more like a big burly dude than a prom queen. I didn't think a top-notch female football player could be so, so ... feminine.
That totally shallow observation aside, she is an awesome athlete and definitely someone little football-loving girls can look up to. That said, I would have a heart attack if my little princess wanted to play. Sadly, I just couldn't take seeing her pummeled or playing rough (and boy is football rough). It just doesn't seem right. I guess my so-called feminism only goes so far!
Hear how Erin made the team:
See Erin in action:
Would you let your daughter play high school football?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside