—Photo Gallery: Karlie Harman Visits Redskins Park
Karlie Harman wants to be recognized as a football player, not as a female who is breaking barriers in a local Loudoun County youth football league.
The 15-year-old who resides in Aldie, however, has been making waves for her performances on the gridiron in the Dulles South league.
A quarterback who also takes on kicking and punting duties, Harman was recently named the league’s Player of the Year.
In her feature, Harman explains that she understands some simply will never believe she can compete, but that she hopes her success against mostly male competition will change their minds.
“I want to be noticed for my hard work, not for my pony tail,” she said. “I thrive on competition. Nothing feels better then when a play comes together. That means all the long, hard practices have paid off. Yes, I am sure there are doubters out there that feel girls should NOT be allowed in the football arena, but honestly, if you can show them the walk instead of the talk, you would be surprised how their opinions change.”
In November, Harman experienced a life changing moment — she got to watch the Redskins run through a practice.
After meeting some of the players, Harman tossed a beautifully thrown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon for a touchdown. Garcon responded with a smile and his signature touchdown celebration.
Then today, she was back at Redskins Park where she got to talk with Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, for an interview that will be on Redskins Nation.
Redskins Nation can be seen each day at 5:30 p.m., 11 p.m., and the following day at 7:30 a.m.
Go to TogetherWeMakeFootball.com to vote for Harman and learn more about her story. The winner will receive a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.
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