She’s a “gentle giant”, who plays the game she loves: football.

SAN ANTONIO – It’s a guy-dominated sport, but at Barbara Bush Middle School in northeast San Antonio, their offensive line is led by 13-year-old Isabella Green.

“She came up one day and said mom, I tried soccer, and I did it…and I said, you understand it’s a contact sport, right?” Belinda Green, her mother, said.

For eighth-grade freshman football coach Eli Vega, Isabella is an important asset to Northeast ISD college.

“When I saw her coming to pick up some gear, she was like I played last year and I was awesome,” Vega said. “She told me she was playing offensive line, which made me happier because she was able to help us in the line of scrimmage.”

Isabella, known as “Judy” to her teammates, tells me she’s just playing the game she loves.

“I’ve always been much bigger than everyone else and stronger,” Isabella said. “So I thought I could try something new.”

Her parents and sister are big supporters of the student-athlete, but he has been a surprise for her mother when she told her she had tried.

“I didn’t know if she knew what she signed up for, and of course she went, she loved it, she asked for all the gear, she was looking at the plays, she was practicing at home and we here we are,” Belinda said.

At the games you will find her support system proudly wearing her number, some of the fans are neighbors who attend the game just to see Isabella do her tackles.

“They’ll come and then her friends will wear 79 on their cheek or draw it on their jeans,” Belinda said.

And from the field to the classroom, Isabella also dominates in the band, where she plays percussion, and in other extracurricular activities.

“I’m actually very proud of her. She’s in our honor classes. She’s also part of our group, robotics, she’s also a multi-sport athlete,” said coach Vela. “So it’s very encouraging to see her there and doing other things too, besides playing football, where she’s doing a great job.”

Isabella considers her options as she plans her freshman year at Ronald Reagan High School because playing football and doing the band performance at halftime can be a bit difficult, but then again Isabella might be able to pull this off. too.

“You should do what makes you happy while you can,” she said.

Whatever she plans for her future, mom tells us she’s ready to lead the way – football helmet or band uniform.

“Isabella is a born leader. People gather around her, they listen to her. She loves to inspire people. She leaves no one behind,” Belinda said. any magnitude.”

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