Antoinette ‘Toni’ Harris, Woman in Super Bowl Ad, Makes Sports History by Earning Football Scholarship

Antoinette “Toni” Harris
Screenshot: Toyota Ad (YouTube)

Antoinette “Toni” Harris starred in a Toyota ad that played during the Super Bowl. The commercial was an ode to Harris’ perseverance to become a football player despite all odds, including cancer.

On Tuesday that hard work paid off as Harris announced that she would be singing a letter of intent to play college football at Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.), making her the first female skill-position player to land a football scholarship, according to the school.

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The 22-year-old who played safety for a community college in Los Angeles had five different offers to chose from, USA Today reports. Other women have made college teams as walk-ons and the few who landed scholarships have all been kickers.

“I feel like I keep doing what I’m doing and keep having faith in God, I can keep paving the way for little girls everywhere,” Harris told the Detroit Free Press.

Harris is used to beating the odds. In 2014, she was diagnosed with cancer, and a year later the cancer was in remission. She told the Detroit Free Press that her goal is to one day play in the NFL and I don’t think it’s wise to bet against her.

“I believe I’m going to be the first female NFL player. But if it just so happens that I’m not, I want to make sure there’s a way paved for the next little girl that can get there.”

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

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