The kicker at Marcos de Nizo High School in Tempe, Ariz., is a standout star on the varsity team, kicking for 67 points last season – with a 92 percent accuracy rate.
She also happens to be a girl.
Success didn’t come easy for Krysten Muir, 17, and neither did respect. In addition to the normal pressures of training hard and keeping her head in the game, Muir endures the extra scrutiny that comes with being different.
“A lot of people at school are like, ‘You’re the kicker?’ … ‘She’s only out here because her dad’s out here,’” Muir said of the criticism she faced from her fellow classmates.
Muir has been watching her dad, Jeremy Muir, on the sidelines since she was 4. An assistant football coach at Marcos de Niza, Jeremy supported his daughter’s athletic ambitions from the start. “I said alright, there’s no special treatment. You gotta earn it,” he said.
She has more than earned it. She puts in long hours training to improve her accuracy and build up muscle in her kicking leg. She even trains with former NFL kicker Max Zendejas as she pursues aspirations of kicking for a college team. And she’s got a good chance – this year, Muir became the first girl in Arizona to play in a state championship football game.
“I want to see how far I can go with it,” she said.