Girl Gets Snaps as Quarterback for Florida High School

Erin DiMeglio might be a state first
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 3:20 PM CDT
Erin DiMeglio works out in this YouTube screenshot.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Normally a third-string quarterback coming into a preseason game doesn't draw much attention. But it definitely did last Friday, when Erin DiMeglio got her first snap for the South Plantation High School. After all, DiMeglio may just be making Florida history, the Sun Sentinel reports. "I couldn't take the smile off my face," she says. "You'd think the other team would want to know why I'm there, but other players have been great."

State records indicate that 523 girls have played high school football since 1973, but it's unclear how many, if any, played quarterback. "I've never seen anything like this before," one local analyst says. DiMeglio's coach says he had other girls try out for the team just this year, but they couldn't cut it. "Erin can actually do what we ask of her," he says. Still, the 5-6, 160-pound DiMeglio doesn't think her real future is in football; she's just hoping her multi-sport athleticism will impress college basketball scouts. (Read more Erin DiMeglio stories.)

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