Shattering stereotypes, Valley high school female plays defense on school’s football team

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – It’s one of the most important of traditions for many families across the Rio Grande Valley. As a new school year begins, excitement grows for high school football. Now a young girl is shattering stereotypes and making a name for herself in a sport commonly associated as a man’s sport. Meet Miranda Barrera a defensive tackle for the Hanna Freshman Gold Team.

Esmeralda Barrera, mother, “Being a defensive tackle no, it’s not easy, sometimes I get scared because I’m afraid she gets hurt.”

Off the field she’s a student, a daughter and friend. On the field she’s Number 60 on the front lines and looking to stop the opposing team.

“There’s no words that can explain how I feel. Because she is everything, she’s my first daughter and she proved what she can do. says Miranda’s mother.

Her brothers, sisters as of now, don’t play. The family tells me she’s the only one with the interest with goals of one day making it to the NFL.

Esmeralda Barrera, “She goes, ‘Mom, I’m going to prove everybody wrong and I’m going to play.'”

During our time following Miranda we noticed She does not get special treatment on the field. The tackles, the falls, all the same once the play starts.

“It’s what she wants, and I support her.” adds her mother.

She played in middle school and now in high school and she plans to follow her dreams. Miranda’s family says that her dream is one day become the first “on-duty” NFL player.

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