History-making female Lobo football player returns

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Katie Hnida was back at University Stadium, the place where she made history.

On August 30, 2003 she kicked an extra point and later in the game booted another making her the first and, still, only woman to score in a men’s division one football game.

Thursday night, she was the featured speaker at the 21st annual UNM Women’s Football Clinic, hoping to inspire love for the game.

“I think a lot of women, they love the game. They don’t know they can play the game,” Hnida said. “You can be involved in the game as a fan, as a player, as so many things.”

Women of all ages and skills got the chance to see the inner-workings of Lobo football and hit the gridiron together.

“It’s great. I think women have a place in football, not only just cheering in the stands, but knowing what’s going on in the field,” said participant Andrea Griego. “I think it’s good to be knowledgeable about the game you love to watch.”

For Hnida, being back at University Stadium brought back a flood of good feelings.

“I am so grateful for the people of Albuquerque for the time that I had here and just for the way they accepted and embraced me when I was on the football team here,” she said.

Hnida gained national attention after speaking out about being raped by football players while at the University of Colorado.

The former UNM kicker now travels the country speaking at college campuses about sexual assault.

She’s also written a book and has spent time playing arena and semi-pro ball.

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