Girl pursuing football dreams gets first crack at quarterback

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- In a line of pee wee football players, Brooke Liebsch weighs in at 92 pounds, but don't let her slender frame deceive you.

"I can take the hits, it’s actually pretty fun," Brooke said.

This is Brooke’s fourth year with pop warner in Liberty. Next year she will have to try out for a position on her school's eighth grade team, and that is only the beginning of her aspirations.

“I wanna be a receiver, corner or quarter back for when I grow up in high school and all that,” Brooke said.

She also wants to play at the collegiate level.

“I will be as tall as them. I still can take hits; I'm very strong about that. I can hit them,” Brooke said.

And one day, maybe even the National Football League. She already has believer in her corner, her dad.

“She is positive about getting hit and hitting other players. I don't think she will have a problem going anywhere in college or NFL,” Larry Liebsch said.

Brooke’s mom is not so sure she wants her daughter to face 300 pound linebackers.

“It’s a little nerve racking.  She is quite a tomboy. She is very tough, but I don't want her like plowed by a big huge linebacker,” Tammi Liebsch said.

“If they are trying to hit me, I will hit them back,” Brooke retorted.

Brooke’s coach was admittedly hesitant when he learned there was a girl on his roster. But her attitude, her ability and her arm won him over.

“You want to protect her. She has proven herself, she hits hard. I think some of the guys are even intimidated by her. She is a player, she understands the game and I'm happy to have her,” Coach Rodney Weber said.

She has earned the respect of her teammates as well.

“I was kind of worried at first cause she is a girl but when I found out she could hit just as hard as anybody and better, it kind of felt normal,” teammate Bo Sarver said.

“She is just as good as the boys, maybe even better,” teammate Drew Savaiano said.

The coach has enough confidence in Brooke that he even let her play quarterback for the first time today.

“I'm glad her coach this year has been really positive, letting her play for her ability and her love of the game and not putting her somewhere where she doesn't get many chances,” Tammi Liebsch said.

Even though the Blue Jays suffered a disappointing loss and a few injuries on the field, it’s not enough to shake Brooke or take down her dream to play football.

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