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Continued: Vixen give grandma a chance to keep playing tackle football

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2013 - 1:29 AM

Later, playing left guard, Bryant drove a defender 10 yards before pancaking her. Another blast lifted a defender a couple feet off the ground.

“We’ve even put her in the backfield in goal line and let her carry the ball,” said Codi Falley, a former Vixen player and now a member of the team’s support staff. “Everyone knows what’s going to happen. But you can’t stop it.”

Two days before the loss to the Blaze, Bryant was talking about this likely being her last season. In the moments after a lopsided beating, she wasn’t so sure, saying she might play until she’s 46 or older.

By then, Kamarianna and Payton will be old enough to realize the cool show-and-tell possibilities of having a tattooed all-star defensive tackle as a grandmother.

“I started out watching football with my father [Lloyd Harris] when I was 7,” Bryant said. “Maybe I can play long enough to show my grandkids that women can do whatever they want. Even play football into their 40s.”





 

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