FULL STORY: Female college football signee stays humble amid national attention

06/11/2014 06:45 AM

Jeffersonville High School senior Shelby Osborne found herself in the national spotlight this week after earning a spot in history as college football’s first female defensive back. Osborne tweeted the announcement shortly after signing a letter of intent to play for the Campbellsville University Tigers.


Osborne told cn|2 Sports that she’s aware of the special treatment she may receive as a female in the predominantly male sport, but she’s determined to earn respect.

After reaching out to various colleges, Osborne attended open tryouts at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky. and approached the Tigers’ head coach Perry Thomas about playing for the NAIA school.

Even though Osborne’s family is supportive of her passion for football, she says that support wasn’t automatic. In fact, Osborne says she initially told her parents she was filling the position of kicker on the field so they wouldn’t worry about her getting hurt.

Osborne will report to Campbellsville University in early August for the 2014 football season.

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