Karlie Harman, 14-year-old Aldie girl, is star quarterback, kicker, punter
ALDIE, Va. (WJLA) – Never underestimate the power of a girl on the gridiron, especially when that girl is 14-year-old Karlie Harman, the quarterback, kicker and punter for the Dulles South youth football team.
As the triple threat takes the football field by storm, Karlie is proof that girls can do anything boys can do.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, she’s a girl, she can’t tackle, or she can’t play.’ So, it really just makes me get more pumped to really show them what I can do,” Karlie said. “It didn’t really occur to me that it was [all] boys. It’s just a sport that I love.”
Karlie is the only girl out on the field, her braids tucked up into her helmet, making plays just like everyone else.
“I made my field goal, I made a running end touchdown, and we had a lot of pass plays,” she said of last weekend’s game against the Gainesville Grizzlies. “I think we had about five touchdowns.”
The Loudoun County freshman became a football fan at a young age, tossing the football in the backyard with her father and two older brothers. Karlie recently placed eighth in the country in the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition.
On Saturday, Karlie will suit up for yet another game, and then put on a dress and hurry to her very first homecoming dance, proving you can have it all—beauty, brains and braun.
“If you love something, go ahead and do it, no matter what anybody says,” Karlie said. “But be a good person as you do it, and just do what you love.”
Karlie did not try out for the John Champe High School freshman football team; she claims this is her last year playing youth league. Karlie hopes to play basketball all through high school and college, and has her eyes set on the WNBA.