Sarah Fuller Makes College Football History as First Woman to Play in Power 5 Game

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College football history has been made! On Nov. 28, Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five game as the Commodores took on the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Fuller’s barrier-breaking moment came at the beginning of the second half, when she took the field as a kicker and booted the ball to the Tigers. Vanderbilt’s football program posted a video of the historic feat on Instagram. “Sarah Fuller kicks off for Vanderbilt,” the program wrote in the caption. “Making history.”

Earlier in the week, the 21-year-old athlete was tapped to suit up after other Vanderbilt players were benched due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Ahead of the big game, she shared her excitement on Instagram, posting a picture of her football helmet with “PLAY LIKE A GIRL” printed on the back. The slogan refers to the nonprofit of the same name that inspires girls to partake in sports and STEM programs. “Let’s make history. #playlikeagirl #anchordown,” Fuller captioned her post. The Texas native also plays for the university’s soccer team, which won the SEC Tournament championship on Nov. 22. Watch her momentous kick ahead!

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