Breaking the Stereotype
Brianna Jones plays football, wrestles way to scholarship
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Brianna Jones has found success in sports that stereotypically were never meant for girls to play.
Jones is breaking barriers as she has thrived in the traditional boy-only sports of football and wrestling.
She enters her senior year at Klein Oak looking to get back to state again for the wrestling team. She has been rewarded for her hard work on the mat, committing to wrestle at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
"It's amazing," Jones said. "I've worked so hard to get to wrestle in college and continue my career. I didn't think I would be able to. All the practice and hard work has paid off."
Of all the players who have come through, McCullough, coach Mark Johnson will always remember Brianna Jones.
"I ran through the middle. I had guys dragging on me but I kept going through," Jones said. "Then I knocked a kid down and finished it."
In Jones' first seventh grade football game, Johnson lined her up at nose tackle – she blew through the line and tackled the quarterback and running back at the same time.
On her first offensive play of that same game, Johnson watched as Jones carried the ball 40 yards, ran over five defenders and scored.
"She's one of my most memorable football players of all time because that girl is tough," Johnson said. "She just went and didn't care. I wish I had a million of them just like her. She's a tough, hard-nosed person."
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