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Santia Deck; a jack of all trades she’s an author, health and fitness enthusiast and women football player for the Los Angeles Fames. Santia signed on with the Women’s Football League to play with the Los Angeles Fames, making history signing a multi-million dollar deal as the highest-paid professional female football player. We commend Santia for staying motivated making boss moves despite obstacles let’s hear what Ms. Deck has to share in this exclusive with Sheen Magazine!

Tell us about yourself how did you get your start in football? 

I am 28-years-old and i grew up in a very athletic home. I ran track all my life, up until 23-years-old when I tried to go pro but ended up injuring myself before the Olympic trials. I started playing flag football after my Olympic dreams shattered with track and i ended up doing very well, i even made the USA team. A little over a year and a half ago i started playing rugby and i did really well as well to the point some of my coaches felt i could make the USA team. I spent several months training in hopes of making the Olympic team but unfortunately, i was denied the opportunity. That’s when tackling football came into my life and now I will be playing professional football for the WFLA.

What are some of the biggest challenges being a woman football player?

 It’s still a lot of people who don’t support women playing football, so definitely trying to get people to accept it.

Do you ever feel pressure as a women athlete to be just as competitive as male athletes?

I don’t necessarily feel pressured but I want people to understand that women are just as competitive as men and that is why we deserve the same benefits and opportunities as male athletes.

What are three things that motivate you while playing on the field? 

1. My will to be the greatest of all time

2. Seeing my family and friends in the stands 

3. The chip I have on my shoulder to prove people wrong 

Do you use visual cues or listen to a favorite song to help you focus before a game? 

I listen to lots of gospel and R&B music to mellow me out. 

How do you handle adversity? Any advice for aspiring women that like to get into the game?

If you want it, go get it, simple as that. When you have a dream you have to protect it and understand that the world is going to always try to tell you why your dream isn’t attainable, it’s too big. Never listen! If i would have listened to what people told me i wouldn’t be where I’m at now.

Who inspired you as an athlete? What legacy you like to leave as an athlete?
Barry Sanders is and always will be my idol, he is such an amazing athlete. I want to change the face of women’s sports. I want to help pave the way for women to be able to be paid for their efforts and blood, sweat, and tears on the field just like men. I want us to be able to feed our families and build generational wealth just like the male athletes are able to do. 

 

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