Girl makes gridiron history at middle school

Embargo: Beaumont, TX A Beaumont eighth grader is breaking stereotypes as the only girl on the gridiron. For the first time ever Marshall Middle School has a female football player.

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BEAUMONT, Tex.  (KBMT) — A Beaumont eighth grader is breaking stereotypes as the only girl on the gridiron. For the first time ever Marshall Middle School has a female football player.

Nastazia Corbin, 13, of Beaumont, is a Bulldog defensive lineman and sports her number 60 jersey with pride.

Corbin said she grew up loving football and when she’s on the field she’s just one of the guys.

“I’m not worried I’m feeling good, I know my teammates got me,” she said. “They’re like my brothers.”

Marshall’s coach, Desmond Bridges, said he asked her to be on the team.

“I know her personally so I knew she could handle the job,” Bridges said, “so I told her ‘come on,’ I knew the guys would accept her she’s playing really hard and we enjoy it,” he said.

Bridges said it’s a decision he’s confident about.

“She definitely holds her own on and off the field,” he said. “One day on the hitting drills she gave a boy a headache so I say ‘hey we’re on the right track.'”

Corbin said she’s having fun playing in eighth grade but doesn’t think she’ll continue football when she gets to high school because she doesn’t want to get injured.

Catch Corbin on the field Tues. Sept. 23, when Marshall takes on Smith Middle School at Babe Zaharias stadium.

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