Girl Power: Should girls play tackle football?

By: Sam Farnsworth Email
By: Sam Farnsworth Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - (KKCO) The game of football is becoming more and more popular among female athletes every year, and it has been noticeable on the Western Slope.

Five girls played in the Mesa County Junior Football League this past season. The MCJFA includes leagues for fifth through eighth grades.

Jazmine Williams played for the 5th Grade Steelers. Her team advanced all the way to the semi-final game before coming up short against the Broncos. But overall she wouldn't changer her experience playing football for anything else.

"I actually really had fun. It was a good season," Jazmine said. "They've been helping me out because at first I didn't really know what to do. And they were actually really excited that a girl was going to play on their team."

But it doesn't stop at the Junior Football level. Amanda Chaffin is in her second season as a defensive back for the Central High School football team.

"I started doing lifting with the team and became a part of the team before even playing with these guys," Chaffin said. "All I can say is you're just as strong as anybody else. Don't let anybody change your mind. If you like playing, keep playing."

11 Sports Director Sam Farnsworth had the chance to meet both Jazmine and Amanda as well as their parents to get their thoughts on the idea of girls playing tackle football. He also spoke with Central head football coach Vern McGee about the girls in football.

To hear what each of them had to say, and to find out the results to our online poll question "Should girls be allowed to play tackle football?", click on the video above. Then leave your own comments here on what you think about girls playing in football.

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