During her freshman year of high school, Sami Grisafe was voted a team captain of the men's football team. She had many "naysayers" and admitted it took some time to prove herself to coaches, but she slowly won them over with her play and competitiveness.
"My high school career was an amazing thing," Grisafe, who quarterbacked the United States to a gold medal in the 2010 and 2013 IFAF Women's World Championship and also guided the Chicago Force to an undefeated season in 2012, said. "... The older I got, the more it was the coaching that I had to win over and eventually I won them over as well. But it took some time."
We've seen other professional football players — such as Brian Urlacher — say they'd allow their kids to play tackle football even though they're aware of the risks.
Would Grisafe let her son or daughter play?
"Absolutely. I think that football has probably saved more lives than it's hurt," Grisafe, who's also a singer and recording artist, said. "I think about the guys that I've played with, the girls that I've played with, and there's a lot of lessons that you learn in the game and they really help you as your life continues. I would say that most people that have played football would agree with me when you realize that it's enhanced your life."
You can watch the full interview in the video above.