Is football a man's sport? Local girl says no

Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 11:05 PM CDT
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Some people feel that football is a man's game. Apparently someone forgot to tell 14-year-old Heather Beardsley of Killeen.

She's a second year starter on her eighth grade team. And her coach, Gary Carr has no reservations about sending her in.

"Not at all. I'm a coach. If you can play I'm gonna put you in. That's how it goes," said Carr.

Heather is not afraid to mix it up with the guys either.

David Aki is a longtime friend and teammate. He says the team got used to her pretty quickly.

"Some of them would say I don't want to hit you because you're a girl and she's like come on and hit me," Aki said.

"That's why I'm here."

Heather tried dance and cheerleading and more typically female sports but she just couldn't stay away from football.

"I've never really been that girly girl," Beardsley said.

"Ever since I was little I was always playing with the guys, playing paintball with my dad, I was always outside throwing the football around so I figured I might as well try."

When she's not preventing touchdowns on the football field, odds are she's getting in touch with her softer side. She got into modeling several months ago and already she's been in a fashion show and in two teen magazines.

She's admits that is quite a contrast to the gridiron, but she loves it.

"I was told that football and modeling was like hot and cold," Beardsley said.

"They don't go together at all, but then I thought, when have I ever let someone define who I am?"

Heather loves to share her spirit with younger kids. One day she hopes to make a career out of being a modeling coach so she can help other young women pursue their dreams.

She knows she won't be able to play football or model forever but for now she's one to watch. On the football field or on the pages of a magazine.