Shelby Osbourne continues to break barriers on the football field

by Trisha Hoffman
Shelby Osborne may look like many other college freshman, but you don’t have to go far to get to see what she’s all about.  She is the first female to play defensive back on any college football team at any level.
In high school, she played cornerback at Jeffersonville High School in Lafayette, Indiana.  She’s now a member of the Campbellsville University football team in Kentucky and working toward playing her first college game.

Earlier this week, Shelby was on Queen Laifah’s talk show discussing how believing in herself and not taking no for an answer makes the difference for her.
 
“I knew that I was capable of doing it, always knew what I was capable of,” Osborne told Latifah. “And I knew I had to do it for me. I couldn’t do it for the people around me because they were telling me that I couldn’t do it, they were telling me I can’t. Therefore, I knew I had to do it for myself.”
According to Campbellsville’s team statistics, Shelby hasn’t played in a game yet this year.  The Tigers are 3-2 through yesterday’s game.
In the past, High School Football America’s Jeff Fisher has interviewed Andrea Paddock, a defensive back on the Panama Central (New York High School team and Briana Amat, a kicker on the Pinckney High School football team in Michigan. You can listen to those interviews below.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.