Sarah Fuller: A First in Football

On November 28th, 2020, Sarah Fuller was the first woman to kick off a Power 5 college football game. Fuller was the goalie for Vanderbilt University’s soccer team before she played football. Not only was she the first woman to kick off, she was also the first woman to score in a Power 5 game.

As a soccer player, she had a powerful kick and joked with teammates that she should join the football team. This came true after the Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason lost players due to COVID and had to reach out to other sports to find someone to kick. “I’m not about making statements,” Mason said. “This was out of necessity. You look at our week. Our students had gone home. The ability to have access to students and tryouts was almost nil in terms of what’s available… That just happened to be the most viable option.”

Although she was put in the game due to unfortunate circumstances, she rose to the occasion. Fuller took the kick to the cheers of the stadium. She later did the halftime pep talk that the team said really made them step it up. History was made yet again when Fuller was the first woman to score in a college Power 5 game. She scored a field goal to tie up the score 7-7 against Tennessee.

Her team and family cheered and supported her as she left her mark on college football. Fuller wanted to commemorate her moment by saying “I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to, you really can.” Fuller has been a big advocate for getting young girls to play sports and go into STEM fields. She has the words “Play Like A Girl” on her helmet to promote a non profit organization that does that exact thing. Fuller now has her jersey in the College Football Hall of Fame. She has definitely left a mark on the Football world.