It’s pretty hard to find things that no female player has accomplished on a high school football field. That’s a testament to the growth and progress of girls sport in general, and football in particular.
In Texas, nothing that Reilly Fox is doing is earth shattering. Nothing is completely unique. Yet there is something different about Fox lining up as the starting placekicker for Paschal football team: She’s the first girl to suit up for a team in Fort Worth’s district in 15 years.
That’s right, no girl has opted to play for a Ft. Worth varsity football team since the turn of the century. CBS DFW chronicled Fox’s emergence with the Paschal team, a path which made perfectly clear that Fox was selected as the team’s placekicker thanks to her talent, not her gender. The senior has connected on a number of field goals from 40 yards or more in practice. She knows that she’s an unintentional role model for other teens, including her own brother and family friends.
“It hasn’t hit me that much that I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a girl on a football team,'” Fox told NBC DFW. “It’s just like, ‘Oh, I’m a kicker on a football team. I just happen to be a girl.'”
That attitude has helped Fox jump start her kicking career, with her teammates fully embracing her as part of the team. Now she gets to focus on what she loves most: competing on the field.