Brockton High School senior McKenzie Quinn took on the challenge of not just making the varsity football team but also becoming the first female player to score a touchdown for the Boxers program.
Quinn saw her hard work pay off when she scored a rushing touchdown for Brockton against Dartmouth on Friday night.
The Massachusetts high school student received a gift from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft after she became the first girl to score for Brockton’s football team in its 125-year history.
Kraft sent McKenzie a signed football with a special message to congratulate her on her extraordinary feat.
“To the Mighty Quinn – A pat on the back to you and all who contributed to your historic TD! We love to see that you are having a ball pursuing your passions. Continued success. The Patriots are rooting for you!” Kraft’s message read.
Though she plays as a wide receiver for the storied HS football program, Quinn was included as a runner on the scoring drive, which was capped by her 6-yard rushing touchdown. Brockton went on to defeat Dartmouth, 50-7.
Quinn admitted that she had her work cut out to play with the boys.
“It took a lot of convincing, like: ‘McKenzie, this means something. This is something big.’ It took me a good minute to realize that,” Quinn said, as reported by NewsCenter 5.
She gave full credit to the Brockton team for helping her make history.
“But it was less that I made history and more that we made history. I couldn’t have done it without the team,” she said.
“It’s a family. They’ve definitely given me a family,” Quinn added. “Like my coach says, it’s brothers for life.”
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