In recent years, we've seen a new type of athlete take her talents onto the gridiron.

That's right, her. Because more and more, we've seen girls playing the sport which is still predominantly reserved for their male counterparts.

However, girls have mostly been relegated to the positions that seem safest for them. If a team does have a female football player, she's most likely a kicker or only used on special teams.

That's not the case for Shelby Osborne though.

The female cornerback from Jeffersonville High School in Indiana announced her intent to play for the NAIA's Campbellsville University in Kentucky, a private Baptist university with a little more than 3,000 students.

Speaking to the Indianapolis Star, Osborne said the effect of her decision on other girls and young women across the country is just starting to hit her:

"At first it was for me," Osborne told the Star.

"But now I have girls coming to me asking for help. It doesn't just apply to football — just anything they don't see as a possibility because there are certain professions viewed as male professions that they could go into that they might not have thought about."

Osborne played sparingly at cornerback her senior year under Jeffersonville head coach Lonnie Oldham. Oldham knew she wanted to continue playing after high school, but didn't think any scouts would give her a second glance.

To be fair, there wasn't much to look at, at least, for a football player.

Osborne was a 5-foot-6, 140-pound prospect. Sure, she was an athlete, who had also played soccer, tennis and track. But getting her onto a college field with a helmet and pads on seemed unlikely. Though she had enjoyed her high school career between endzones, it looked like the bleachers would be the closest she'd ever get to the field again.

Still, Osborne wasn't dissuaded easily. She began pitching herself to colleges around the country, with no luck.

Then she went to an open recruitment day for Campbellsville University. 

It wasn't hard to tell her apart from the hundreds of other hopefuls at the scouting visit.

Campbellsville's coach, Perry Thomas, knew Oldham, and that was enough of a connection for Thomas to feel comfortable offering a scholarship to the unlikeliest players - a girl playing a defensive position.

She will be college's first defensive back.

Her size will be an issue - though she played in five games her senior year, she didn't record a tackle while playing at cornerback. But she's confident in her abilities, enough to say that she doesn't have to tackle them if she can keep receivers from catching the ball in the first place.

But mostly, Osborne told the Star that she just wanted a chance. 

It will certainly be interesting to see what she does with it.

(Sidenote: While there doesn't seem to be any game film publicly available, check out the video above of Shelby shooting the shot put at a track meet)

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