Toni Harris made history by becoming the first female football player at a skill position to sign a letter of intent, accepting a scholarship to Central Methodist University in Missouri.

Harris first made news when she was offered a scholarship in January 2018 to play football at Bethany College, an NAIA school in Kansas. The 5-foot-7, 164-pound safety from Detroit had been playing football at East Los Angeles College in California for the past two seasons and will now further her college career at Central Methodist.

Featured in a Toyota commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, Harris has had a spotlight on her journey since she received her first offer from Bethany College. Her ultimate goal is to play in the NFL, but for now she is content with the opportunity ahead of her at Central Methodist.

Toni Harris becomes 1st female non-kicker to sign letter of intent


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