Still a football fan at 86

first_img Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 SURRY — Norma Preston remembers the first National Football League game she ever attended nearly six decades ago.The 17-year-old high school cheerleader sat with her father among mostly empty seats at Fenway Park. Players clad in Kelly green and gold jerseys comprised the little-known pro football team that preceded the New England Patriots. They were called the Boston Yanks.The Massachusetts native married and moved around the country 13 times for her husband’s career. With every new city, Preston adopted each local NFL team as her own.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNow, at age 86, the mother of four and grandmother of 13 spends her Sundays in her Surry home flipping between football games. A devoted Patriots fan and a Fantasy Football expert, Preston defies stereotypes deeply rooted in sports culture regarding women and football.“I don’t know how many women older than me are playing Fantasy Football,” Preston muses. “I don’t think many women have a history like mine.”She reminisces about the era in which she grew up. Women donned stylish gloves year-round, men sported felt hats in the winter, and football players wore hard leather helmets lacking face masks.Arbitrary rules dictated fashion, and traditional ideology perpetuated gender roles, even in sports.“I came from a generation where I didn’t know many women interested in football,” Preston says. “I’d say I’ve always been a little unique.”Preston’s fascination with the sport began as a senior at Peabody High School in Peabody, Mass.She marched onto the field as head cheerleader before football games, leading her squad and the band onto their home turf encased in packed bleachers.The Peabody Tanners won the Class A State Football Championship that year. As a reward, the city funded a weekend trip to New York City for the players, band and cheerleaders, including Preston.“I was hooked on that team,” she says.And she forever remained hooked on the sport.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Biolast_img

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