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8-year-old Kathryn Serra plays right tackle in her second year on the ‘Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.’ 8-year-old Kathryn Serra plays right tackle in her second year on the ‘Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.’
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Around at least one Florida girl, don’t call football a boys’ sport. With pads on and helmet tightly fastened, number 58 rushes the field amidst the boys.

On a team of boys, 58 is the only girl on the field.

“They sometimes whisper to each other and say number 58 is a girl,” Kathryn Serra said.

8-year-old Kathryn Serra plays right tackle in her second year on the ‘Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.’

Her interest and desire to get on the gridiron is all thanks to her older brother.

"Her brother played on the peewee team, and she would stay at all of his practices, and at the end, she'd run the kind of conditioning exercises with the boys, and one of her coaches saw her and saw that she was strong and fast, and started talking to us about her participating in next year's football season," said Laura George, Kathryn's mother.

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Not only does the third grader keep up with the boys, she is not afraid to take charge.

"She's a leader. She's never gonna lead by her mouth, she's gonna lead by her actions -- which is the best kind. She shows up to practice early. She practices full speed. She never takes a play off, a down off, a sprint off, anything off. She's fully dedicated, and she cares more about the success of the team than she cares about her own success."

"I've coached a couple of girls, and she the best one by far," said Tony Goudie, Kathryn's coach

Kathryn’s parents say they support her decision to play, calling her a role model for other girls.

Kathryn says, when she grows up she would like to work with athletes. She even has ideas of being a team doctor in the NFL.

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