List of female American football players
The following is a list of notable female American football players that have either played for predominantly men's American football teams at the youth, high school, college, or semi-professional levels, played in the Legends Football League, or played in traditional women's tackle football leagues such as the Women's Football Alliance, Independent Women's Football League, and Women's Spring Football League. Notable women who presently play or have previously played American football are included on this list.
- 1 Players
- 2 Other roles
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
In predominantly men's leagues
Almost all of the women who have played on predominantly male college and professional football teams have done so by playing either the placekicker or holder positions. Both positions are usually protected from the full contact present in American football.
- Sarah Crispin: Starting Middle Linebacker, Ridley Middle School, PA. Started playing tackle football at the age of 7. U15 U.S. National Football Team hopeful.
- Sami Grisafe: First female in California to play Quarterback on an all male Varsity Division I High School (Redlands High School) in the year 2001. She went on to start for the WFA's Chicago Force Women's Semi-Pro Tackle football and played for Team USA in the World Championships in 2010 and 2013 garnering Tournament MVP in the latter. She currently holds several world Championship Women's tackle football records.
- Erin DiMeglio: first female quarterback to see play in Florida high school football history
- Holley Mangold: Played high school football as an offensive lineman; younger sister of NFL offensive lineman Nick Mangold who competed as a weightlifter in the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Tami Maida: Junior varsity quarterback at Philomath High School in Philomath, Oregon. In 1981, she became the first known quarterback to also become homecoming princess, and her story was the basis of the CBS movie Quarterback Princess starring Helen Hunt as Maida
- Tammy Kaye: She is the first female to play on the varsity football team at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, in Mt. Holly, NJ. Kaye played in seven games during the 1985 season, and was a teammate of the future NFL defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman.
- Jessica Schultz: In 1998, became first female in the state of Tennessee to score a rushing touchdown in a male varsity football game.
- Ashley Baker: Former college football placekicker at Framingham State University
- Tonya Butler: First woman to score a field goal in an NCAA game
- Hillary Carter: Former college football placekicker at Earlham College
- Liz Heaston: First woman to play and score in a college football game
- Katie Hnida: First woman to score in a Division I-A bowl game
- Ashley Martin: First woman to score in a NCAA game
- Joyce Mungari: Former college linebacker and special teams player at Monterey Peninsula and Contra Costa Junior Colleges
- Brittany Ryan: Former college football placekicker at Lebanon Valley College and current scoring leader among women in the NCAA
- Julie Harshbarger: First woman to make a successful field goal in a professional indoor football game
- Katie Hnida: First woman to play professional indoor football in a non-women's league
- Patricia Palinkas: First woman to play professional football
- Lauren Silberman: First woman to try out at the NFL Regional Scouting Combine
- Jennifer Welter: first woman to play a non-kicking position in a professional football league made up predominately by men.
In predominantly women's leagues
- Lingerie Bowl (2004–2006)
- Trishelle Cannatella: Former New York Euphoria player in 2006; Playboy model and current actress
- Angie Everhart: Captain of Team Euphoria in 2004; actress and fashion model
- Joy Giovanni: Former Lingerie Bowl player in 2004 and 2005; actress
- Christy Hemme: Former Lingerie Bowl player in 2006; professional wrestler, model, and singer
- Jen Johnson: Former New York Euphoria player in 2006; television actress who appeared on Big Brother 8
- Vilayna LaSalle: Former New York Euphoria player in 2006; actress and model
- Cora Skinner: Former Los Angeles Temptation player in 2006; actress and model
- Tamara Witmer: Former Los Angeles Temptation player in 2005; model, actress, and reality television actress
- Nikki Ziering: Captain of Team Dream in 2004; model
- Legends Football League
- Krista Ford: Former captain of the Toronto Triumph in 2011 and 2012; daughter and niece of two prominent Toronto politicians
- Liz Gorman: Running back/safety for the Tampa Breeze and Los Angeles Temptation since 2009
- Danielle Moinet: Chicago Bliss cornerback from 2009-2011; model and professional wrestler
- Angela Rypien: Quarterback in the Lingerie Football League for the Baltimore Charm in 2013; daughter of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien
Traditional tackle football league players
- Donna "The Animal" Wilkinson: 2 time Gold medalist for TEAM USA. 2001-present. D.C. Divas 14 seasons, L.A. Amazons 1. First women in modern era to rush for over 1,000 yards in an 8 game season in 2003.
- '''Ashley Dean'''- Savannah Sabers, Savannah, GA. 2011-2012. Center, Tackle.
- Kimberly Bingham: Kicker for the Atlanta Phoenix in 2013; played for the United States Women's National Soccer Team
- Sami Grisafe: Quarterback for Team USA in the 2010 and 2013 IFAF Women's World Championship
- Mana Alison: Wide Receiver for Carolina Phoenix 2014; California Quake 2012-2013; played for Sweden women's national American football team at the 2013 IFAF Women's World Championship
- Anita Marks: Quarterback for the Miami Fury; sports commentator
- Barbara Patton: Linebacker for the Los Angeles Dandelions in the 1970s and mother of NFL linebacker Marvcus Patton
- Natalie Randolph: Wide receiver for the DC Divas; one of the first women to coach a boys' high school football team
- Sarah Schkeeper: Offensive guard for the New York Sharks
- Teresa Cruz: Offensive tackle for the New York Sharks
- Lei'D Tapa: Linebacker for the Carolina Queens; professional wrestler and model
- Alissa Wykes: Running back for the Philadelphia Liberty Belles
- Yekaterina Pashkevich: Running back for the Boston Rampage and New Hampshire Freedom; played in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Russia's women's hockey team
- Jenny Schmidt: Quarterback for Team USA Gold Medal 2010 IFAF Women's World Championship
- Stephany Ripley: Offensive Guard and Defensive Tackle for the Everett Reign
As a supplement to the list, women involved in American football as prominent officials, sportscasters, and other significant roles are included after the list.
- Sarah Thomas: College football and United Football League official
- Shannon Eastin: National Football League official
- Erin Andrews: ESPN reporter for College GameDay
- Jane Chastain: First woman to provide color commentary for a National Football League game
- Robin Roberts: ESPN commentator and reporter
- Gayle Sierens: First, and to date only, woman to call play-by-play for a National Football League game
- Pam Ward: First, and to date only, woman to call play-by-play for a nationally televised college football game
Front office staff
- Connie (Nicholas) Carberg: First female scout in professional football history, with the New York Jets.
- Linda Wilson Bogdan (1948–2009): Daughter of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, second female scout in professional football
- Darlene Jones: Commissioner of the Lone Star Football League
- Jo-Anne Polak: Former general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders; first female executive in Canadian Football League history
- Amy Trask: Chief executive officer of the Oakland Raiders
On a per capita basis, women have somewhat greater representation in professional football's ownership than in other fields; this is in part due to widows and daughters of deceased owners receiving NFL teams as part of an inheritance.
- Violet Bidwill Wolfner: Former owner of Chicago Cardinals, first female NFL owner in league history
- Carol Davis: Current co-owner of the Oakland Raiders
- Georgia Frontiere: Former owner of the St. Louis Rams
- Virginia Halas McCaskey: Current owner of the Chicago Bears
- Sharon Hunt Munson: Current co-owner of the Kansas City Chiefs
- Linda McMahon: Part-owner of the XFL
- Mary McLean Wilson: Current controlling owner of the trust that owns the Buffalo Bills
- Denise DeBartolo York: Current co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers
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