Glencoe HS teen becomes first female football player in program's history

Glencoe HS teen becomes first female football player in program's history
Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC

GLENCOE, AL (WBRC) - Etowah County's Glencoe High School has a football tradition going back nearly a hundred years.

But this year is a first: the Yellow Jackets have added a female player to the roster.

Kaitlyn Smith, or Katie as her friends know her, already made school history once this year. She's on the first-ever girls' soccer team.

But that's not what you'll see her doing Friday nights. She's now a member of the Yellow Jackets football team and opened the season with her first two extra points.

"Well, I didn't know that I was going to get to kick that night, at all. And then they called me out there, and I was a little nervous, but it went in and it felt good and they were all very supportive," Smith said.

Smith says she got interested in football because of another sport, and it wasn't even soccer. It was another event, a yearly event that involved a football kick.

"When I was younger we had school track meets and they had a football kick for one of the events. I won it all but one year that I did it. I loved it from the start," Smith explained.

Now she's made school history. One could even say she's broken the glass ceiling in Glencoe.

But she looks at it more as being one of the guys and says she's happy to get such a rare opportunity.

"It feels good. They've accepted me very well, and I'm glad to be out here with them. Glad to have the opportunity," Smith said.

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