Sarah Fuller’s football career is officially over as Vanderbilt’s final game of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs has been canceled. It’s too bad. She earned national praise for kicking a couple of PATs and never having to kick anything outside the 15-yard-line. She really had the best gig in sports.
Vandy just had a kicker attempt a 53 yard field goal. (He missed wide right). But he’s not good enough to kick extra points. That’s why they need Sarah Fuller, guys. No way he could kick extra points.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 12, 2020
Twitter treated Fuller like college football’s Colin Kaepernick, and we’re honestly disappointed her season came to such an abrupt end.
Outkick’s Clay Travis wondered why she wasn’t trusted with more kicking responsibilities, and the Twitter outrage mob attacked Travis and insisted he was dragging her down. The mob always does. But maybe we should take his comment more seriously. If Sarah Fuller is to be treated like a hero who has broken down barriers, then we should insist she receives the same harsh critiques. Ya know, like a man would.
Fuller can make PATs, so she should have no problem with more responsibility on the field. What’s wrong with trusting her ability? Isn’t that what Vanderbilt was going for when they gave her the green light to a roster spot? Any player, male or female, should be treated like a capable athlete, and that’s all we’re asking for here.
Vandy’s athletic directors would certainly insist they’re striving for equality in the workplace, but when we challenge Sarah Fuller to do more, we suddenly become the bad guys. Doesn’t seem like equality anymore, does it?
What’s the point of all this?
Vanderbilt brought in a female kicker who made a PAT, and Twitter declared her to be a “part of history.” We’re in agreement fully. The accomplishments shouldn’t stop at PATs though, and Vanderbilt’s head coach has insisted on capping her potential. Her defenders will say that we’re patronizing her accomplishment and that couldn’t be further from the truth. If equality is what we want, then we should be able to ask for more.
Sure, I might be poking fun at Twitter for getting worked up over tweets made by Clay Travis, but let’s get serious for a moment. Male and female athletes will be treated equally only when they can be criticized at the same capacity. Any male kicker given the responsibility of making PATs must also kick field goals from 40+ yards, but not Fuller. The double-standard is obvious, but we’re ignoring it so we can talk about “breaking down barriers.” That’s not equality, but instead a stunt to stir a reaction and further our country’s divide. Sports have become a platform for progressive agendas.
If a female athlete ever has the same physical capabilities as her male counterparts on the field, then progress will be finally feel honest. Instead, Sarah Fuller is being used as a pawn to upset conservative viewers. Rather than wishing Fuller off the field like a bigot would, we should ask her to do more with her skillset.