Sarah Fuller became the first woman to ever play in a Power Five college football game on Saturday when she kicked off for Vanderbilt in their showdown against Missouri.
Because the Tigers came into the game 3-3 and Vandy 0-7, the historic element of the kickoff was pretty much the only thing folks tuned in for.
Sarah Fuller becomes the first woman to kick for a Power Five school with this kickoff. pic.twitter.com/4srlfgZYL9
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 28, 2020
Almost immediately, the reactions began to pour in on social media. They were largely what you’d expect.
Clearly a publicity stunt. They have a healthy kicker dressed today and made no effort to try the men’s soccer team out. Vandy just trying to have a single football highlight this season.
— rr23724 (@rr23724) November 28, 2020
Helen Keller could have kicked a better ball than that
— klk97 (@k_lk1997) November 28, 2020
Yikes. This is gonna follow the Suns around forever. https://t.co/6pL4LZ100O
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 25, 2020
I didn’t want to say this but I saw when she was warming up barely making 20 yarders she doesn’t have anywhere near a good enough leg
Hoped she did have the leg but had a feeling I was right
— Nathan Middleton (@nathanjm000) November 28, 2020
— Scott Keers (@CoachKeers) November 28, 2020
My God that was terrible.
— KD (@oklaoutlaw23) November 28, 2020
The amount of dipshit energy in the comments is sad https://t.co/Ie0hdq838B
— Victor Vargas (@DoubleVeeVee) November 28, 2020
The amount of dudes over 40 who have never played a second of competitive sport in the replies making fun of this girl… is sickening https://t.co/2B7ERakjV6
— Frisbob (@Frisbob1) November 28, 2020
Was that a pooch kick? https://t.co/fCOSljupSS
— … (@MonchitoPelu) November 28, 2020
Paulina Gretzky has taken Masters victory celebrations to a new level. https://t.co/K1yliTiGao
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 22, 2020
Wow! So cool! History is made! https://t.co/MLFy47HrRM
— Allison Edmonds (@aedmondstv) November 28, 2020
in the replies: football fans who don’t know what a pooch kick is https://t.co/JPC74QYSw8
— William Dog Nillionaire (@party_T_rex) November 28, 2020
Fuller plays for Vanderbilt women’s soccer team. She was offered the opportunity to play due to Vanderbilt’s kickers being in quarantine because of COVID-19.
“She’s got a strong leg. We’ll see what that yields,” head coach Derek Mason told ESPN. “We’ll figure out what that looks like on Saturday.”
The lesson here: actions have consequences. https://t.co/aVhdqhCxfN
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 27, 2020
Fuller, for her part, was very excited before the game.
“I think it’s amazing and incredible,” she said. “But I’m also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can. Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don’t want to let them down in any way.”