Meet Toni Harris, The Woman Who Aspires To Be The First Female To Play In The NFL

While the Super Bowl is (obviously) known for being the biggest event in American sports, it is also known for the unrivaled marketing opportunity it presents, as 30-second commercials — that are seen by over a billion people — sell for millions upon millions of dollars.

And this year, we have a feeling that one of the most talked about commercials will be the Toyota ad featuring 22-year-old Toni Harris, a defensive back for the East Los Angeles College Huskies who has hopes of being the first woman to play in the National Football League.

At 5-foot-7 and 164-pounds, Harris played wide receiver, cornerback, and eventually free safety at Redford Union High School in Michigan before attending East Los Angeles College.

Harris, who is also a cancer survivor and a former homecoming queen, is now reportedly considering scholarship offers from Bethany College, Adams State University, Graceland University, and Kentucky Christian University, which would make her the first female to receive a college scholarship for football.

Playing football since the age of six, Harris told CBS News that playing football is her dream and she is going to “protect it at any cost”:

“I love to prove people wrong … I was kicked off a team when I was younger because I was a girl. But once I got older and into high school, I mean, it still was hard but I just tried to pave my way through no matter what anybody said. It’s my dream and I’m gonna protect it at any cost,” she said.

The Toyota commercial that features Harris, which premieres during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3, has already been uploaded to YouTube, so you can check it out below.

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