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Awesome 13-Year-Old Girl Joins Football Team As Linebacker And Her Tackles Bring Opponents To Tears

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girl-linebackerPaige Smith, an either grader at Gladewater Middle School in Texas, is revolutionizing the role of women on the football field as a linebacker on her school’s team. It’s not unheard of for girls to join their high school or college football teams, but rarely do they play linebacker. In case you’re someone who has no idea what’s happening on a football field (ie: ME), a linebacker is the person who tackles the sh*t out of people. They’re tough, agile, aggressive and are constantly running into the opposing players. In Paige’s case, she took some of her competitors by surprise. “They’re like, ‘No way, you’re going to get yourself run over,'” she told KETK. “And all of a sudden I’m running them over.”

YAS GURL. You run those dudes over like the bad-ass football playing rockstar that you are. “I felt kind of good tackling him because he was twice my size,” she said of a play in her first game. “It shows me I can do anything I please or what I want without anyone stopping me.”

Damn straight.

Paige tried out for the team in sixth grade and was told that it would be “impossible” for her to play. But she gave gender stereotypes and biased thinking the finger and showed up to try outs a couple years later, earning her spot on the team. Now, I am an expert on Texas football because I watched Friday Night Lights when my daughter was a newborn, and so I can tell you that it’s rare for a girl to be welcome in such a dude’s club. From Steubenville to Ray Rice, football has been downright horrible in its treatment of women. One can only hope that Paige’s fearlessness inspires other girls to join her on the field (or the roller derby rink or basketball court) – and pushes others to change their backwards thinking about the treatment of women on and off the field. Don’t let anyone bring you down,” she said. “They’re just going to try to intimidate you, they’re going to say all of these things, but once you get the hang of it, you’re going to be running them over and they ain’t gonna be running you over.”

Paige is a motherf*cking queen, guys. In her first game her fierce tackling skills even made a dude on the opposite team cry, because that’s what kickass jock girls do. Clear eyes, full hearts, awesome 13-year-old girl playing linebacker on your football team…can’t lose.

[Photo: KETK]





  1. LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

    September 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This made me smile! Go get ’em, Paige!

  2. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    September 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    That’s awesome and amazing of her! I hope she can keep playing football for as long as she wants to.

  3. Kate Spencer

    September 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    As I am currently on my own girl power sports kick I particularly love this girl.

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      September 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks, by the way, for explaining linebacker because I don’t play/do/know about any of the sportsball games. (Seriously)

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      September 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      There’s a lady at my work who has a sticker on her car that says, “Yes, I play like a girl – try to keep up.” I LOVE IT.

  4. guest

    September 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Is “either grader” supposed to be “eighth grader”? (I’m not exactly sure what grade 13 is – sorry, I don’t have a kid yet and apparently my brain doesn’t work that far back.)

  5. Michael Weldon

    September 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    As long as she has the ability to keep playing at a high level she should continue to do so. By the time JV HS rolls around she will probably be on the wrong side of the speed and strength equation but there is a possibility she could make it all the way to HS Varsity, which would be a tremendous story.

  6. RW

    September 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I love, love, LOVE to see this. It’s great to see girls/women kicking ass in male-dominated sports, and it’s so great that she’s getting BAMF credit for it and props on all sides instead of denigration.

    In university I played on a competitive rec league hockey team. I won’t say that I was a star player by any stretch of the imagination, but what I WAS, was a defensive goon. In a league where it’s mandatory to have one girl in play at all times (usually as useless defense/side net ornament), no one expected a petite 5’4″ girl on the right side of the net to be much of an obstruction, so at the start of the season I got a lot of action. Until they started noticing that I could rock bigger dudes into the boards like nobody’s business (being able to get below their centres of gravity is a huge bonus, LOL) and steal the puck on a regular basis. I was the only girl in the league to end up in the penalty box, and the guy on the receiving end of that hit could not take the affront to his manhood.

    If you’re going to play – PLAY. Go get ’em, Paige!!!

  7. rockmonster

    September 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm


  8. VA Teacher

    September 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    So here’s an interesting twist within this whole “girls playing football” issue. I have a student (high school) who is transgender but still currently dresses and identifies as male. He decided he wanted to play field hockey this year. The coach let him tryout, told him that it was ok for him to play, let him spend $400 on equipment/uniform and then told him that as a male, he wasn’t allowed to play against females. She told him that Title 9 only applied if there was no gender-specific equivalent and that football was considered the male equivalent for field hockey.

    So… why are girls allowed to play football instead of being told to stick to field hockey, but boys (“boys”) have to stick with football? I’m so frustrated for this embarrassed and angry (not to mention $400 poorer!) student.

    • PAJane

      September 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Probably because dudes are seen as having a physical size/strength advantage? Still lame. Is the student able to appeal the decision any higher?

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