This is something that seems to come up a lot when people learn I play American football.
I get all sorts of comments from people, that to me are just plain strange;
“You don’t look like an American football player”
“But you’re wearing make up, you look too girly to play a sport like that”
“Shouldn't you be bigger?”
I seriously find myself wanting to face-palm almost every time I hear one of these comments...
Whilst I can kind of see the thought process, I’m still not really sure where these comments come from. Yes, some football players are big and strong, but others are small and quick. Then there’s those of us that fall somewhere in the middle. There’s many jobs that need to be done when playing American football, and each is as important as the others. We are a team after all!
That was one thing that drew me to the sport in the first place, no matter your shape, size or level of fitness, there’s something that will fit you. Some players literally never need to run, whilst for others, its all they do.
We are not a uniform shape, size or look.
As for the girly comments, we are a group of women, playing a sport together. Like any other group of women, we are all different.
Some may never wear make up, whereas to others, it’s an essential part of every day life. Heck, I’ve seen some girls wear a full face of make up while playing! Last year, we spotted a player on another team wearing false eyelashes... although as you would expect, she did end up with only one by halfway through the first game and had to ditch the other....
I guess the point I’m trying to make, is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. When it comes to any team sport, it takes all kinds of people, not carbon copies, or a particular type.
So, if you are girly, and want to try something that you feel you may not fit into, try it anyway. Be it American Football, or anything else. You never know, you could surprise yourself, and if you decide its not for you, just don't continue with it.
I'm obviously a little biased, and would recommend American Football for a number of reasons, but the main one being that it's probably the friendliest sport I've ever been involved in - which is rather shocking given the game itself. But really, there's not a single person I've met on my team, or any other team who has been anything other than friendly and welcoming. Plus, if you really wanted, there is a non-contact version called Flag Football.
Give it a try, what have you got to lose?