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Woman Returns to Football at 51

Woman Returns to Football at 51


(Carol Grubb)
One thing my mom told me is, live with no regrets.
I live it every day. Football, for the most part,
defines who I am. I wish I was 25 again.
I wish I could play another 10 years. I’m Grubby, I’m 51, I’ve played football
for 11 years and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. This is my 11th year playing football.
I played 10, I took five off and I’m playing my 11th
and final season. My dad left us when we were in eighth grade.
My mom raised us, paid the house off, so my mom really is my
driving force for everything. 2001 was the first year I played
and the first year women’s organized football was available
for anybody to play. I kept a journal and my journal
basically said: I hope I make it through this year,
I hope I make the team. I got a starting position within a
week and a half, two weeks. And it turned out
we won the championship. I thought it was gonna be easy,
I thought we’d go back all the time. And that’s the only time we
got to the championship. I did retire once, in 2010. My body needed me to retire,
it needed a break. My body did, my brain did not. It was intimidating playing football this
year because I’m playing with kids half my age. (Brooke Lyons)
She’s like my hero, I really respect her on the field. (Megan Gerber)
She is one of the baddest bitches that plays this game. (Brooke Lyons)
I just respect everything
about her, she’s a boss. Age is definitely a state of mind
and I’ve learned that this year, I mean, they can joke with me on how old
I am but when it comes down to it, I’m the one asking to do that extra lap. After the games on Saturday,
it’s complete 100 percent, emotionally and physically, just strained.
I don’t recover as quickly anymore. It feels good to know that
I gave everything I had on that field. Ready! Go! Tomorrow is my last game and putting on
the pads for the last time and the helmet for the last time and
it’s gonna be hard. (Team)
Together, one, two, three!
Together! I didn’t want regrets. (Team)
Firebirds on three!
One, two, three! Firebirds! [♪ music ♪] It’s over. It’s good,
it’s a good feeling. I’m completely 100 percent exhausted
and that’s the way it should be. (Team)
One, two, three!
Firebirds! The hardest part of today was
looking at the clock with like 20 seconds left and the quarterback
was taking a knee and we, you know, we were done. (Megan Gerber)
Her shoes are too big to ever fill. (Carol Grubb)
Well, my helmet goes back on my shelf,
where it will remain until they put me in a home somewhere
and I’ll be all done. #DisruptAging

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