It’s one thing to gear up and go to college, but it’s another thing to make history while doing it. That’s the potential reality for Antoinette “Toni” Harris, an NFL hopeful currently playing safety at East Los Angeles College. The Detroit native was recently offered a scholarship to Bethany College’s NAIA program in Kansas.
She’ll reportedly be the second woman to receive a football scholarship. According to SBNation, kicker Becca Longo signed with a DII school last spring and may have possibly been the United States’ first woman to ever earn a scholarship from a program.
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“[Football] was something I watched with my cousin, his name is Demetrius Harris. I watched him play a lot,” Harris told VIBE at Toyota’s First Annual Bowl Brunch in New York (Jan. 29). “My parents aren’t really into sports, but my mom played basketball, and my sister played. But my siblings didn’t play any sports, or any other sports for that matter, it was just me. I grew up watching [Harris], and I wanted to do it too.”
On the same day as the brunch, the rising athlete also made her debut in Toyota’s newly released Super Bowl commercial, which supports the release of their expectation-defying 2019 RAV4 HV. The spot was as directed by Space Jam‘s Joe Pytka, who has directed over 80 Super Bowl commercials.
As for the actual game between the New England Patriots against the L.A. Rams, Harris has her own hopes for the big game’s outcome.
“I’m not really for either team, but I’d rather see the L.A. Rams win in the Super Bowl,” she says. “It’s time for something new, there should be a stipulation about how many times you can be in these big things. You wanna see sports competitions, not blowouts and not the same teams in the finals each time.”