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When This Football Player Goes To College, She'll Be Making History

Jun 12, 2014 | Updated Jun 12, 2014

Shelby Osborne is about to become the first female defensive back in college football history.

The 5'6" 140-pound high school senior from Jeffersonville, Indiana, broke the mold for female football players when, in high school, she lined up at defensive back instead of kicker.

"I couldn't figure out why she wouldn't let us come to her games," her mother, Kim, said. "She was afraid that her dad would end up in a scuffle and she knew that I would find out that she wasn't just the kicker."

While looking for colleges, Osborne got in contact with schools in Kentucky, Florida and North Carolina. But then, when the schools found out she was a girl, the conversation quickly dissipated.

"No more emails, no more calls, no more anything," Osborne told Fox 8.

That was until last Wednesday, when Campbellsville University had a recruiting visit with Osborne and she signed her letter of intent.

Only eight women have played collegiate football before Osborne, and none at her position.

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