Girl Gets Snaps as Quarterback for Florida High School
Erin DiMeglio might be a state first
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
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.

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JackJohnson
Aug 30, 2012 1:35 PM CDT
"Gatewood has promised Dimeglio's parents that he will try and minimize the amount of time she spends in games where the outcome is still in doubt as a way to try and decrease the threat of contact." Since the young lady is playing under special rules and considerations not given to male players...really anyone could fill in for her. It would just be a matter of tweaking the rules just a little to accommodate them. Why not "infant plays HS football?" As long everyone promised to avoid the infant lying on the field it could work magnificently. And imagine the pride the infant would feel when it grew up and realized that by merit alone it had succeeded in a field dominated by male ageists. Why not "95 year old man plays HS football?" We could limit both teams to a shuffling run, and limit the field to 10 yards. No hitting! Why be such a specist? Why limit this game to just humans? Why not "grapefruit plays HS football." The coach could be quoted as saying that we all agreed beforehand not to step on the grapefruit lying on the 50 yard line. Take that, boys...your game isn't so tough if a grapefruit can play it. Their accomplishments would be just as legitimate as the special rules they're operating under. I'm hoping this is the wedge in the crack that leads to the NFL being opened up for all. After all, my short, fat little self could easily play at a pro level if the coach and team made some concessions for me. Like no running, no putting your hand on my forehead and holding me back, etc. Standards no longer mean anything!
Diapercaked
Aug 30, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
Girls can throw...you ever seen a girl throw a football at a high school quarterback level in PADS...no you havent now please stop talking.
trailmix
Aug 29, 2012 4:56 PM CDT
It's not worth the risk of destroying her ability to have children.