by Declan Wahlers ’21
Published Dec. 23rd, 2020
On November 28, 2020, Sarah Fuller made history as the first woman to play in a Power Five college football game. She is a placekicker for Vanderbilt, and that Saturday, she made her debut in the third quarter with a kickoff against the Missouri Tigers.
Sarah ignored all the hate, saying that “they can talk crap all they want.”
Only seeing her kickoff might confuse some people, as it wasn’t the traditional kick deep down the field. Instead, it went short right. Haters of course went after her for this, saying it was a terrible kick, but she did exactly what she was supposed to do according to the Vanderbilt coach. It was designed to be a squib kick and she did just that.
Recently, on December 12th, Sarah had the opportunity to be the first woman to score in a Power Five college football game. Nay-sayers were proved wrong once again as she kicked the ball right down the middle between the uprights, good for an extra point. This tied up the game against Tennessee.
Sarah’s talent for kicking comes from playing soccer. She is a goal keeper for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team. Vanderbilt reports that she started nine of the twelve games in this year’s season, going seven and two with her starting.
Barriers were broken in this year’s college football season. Sarah’s bravery and confidence will be forever remembered; she’s left her mark on football.