I don't really understand the avalanche of attention that it got -- or the backlash to that attention.
Women have kicked in football games before. The extra-point kicker on my high school team was a girls soccer player. She was incredibly accurate. This had happened in college games before.
We often misunderstand the word historic.
Something happening for the first time in a game might be historic.
Something happening for the first time in an SEC game -- even though it's happened elsewhere -- is not historic.
At least not for me.
I actually thought some of the coverage was borderline insulting to Fuller. She's a really good soccer player, and people were falling down stunned that she could . . . kick a football? Most collegiate soccer players can probably put a football where he or she wants it with some practice -- or else they would not be playing soccer at that level in the first place. And sure, while male college athletes on average are going to probably be able to kick the ball longer distances than female college athletes, that's just half of the battle for that job. Accuracy, calm under pressure, all of that stuff counts. Vanderbilt, due to the holiday and the pandemic, was not in a spot where it could sweep the entire campus for a kicker. The coach made a call. Fuller could do the job well enough. No problem. Smart solution. But the narrative got a bit crazy from there.
Which brings me to my final point. So what? It didn't hurt me that Sarah Fuller got a ton of attention. It didn't hurt you. It didn't hurt anyone. I've heard from a lot of people who are mad that she got this attention. I don't understand that side of it either.