Katie Hnida

Katie Hnida graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in psychology. Her football uniform and cleats are in the College Football Hall of Fame. She lives in New York City.

Books by this Author

It took just 1.28 seconds to make history.

On August 30, 2003, Katie Hnida became the first woman ever to play and score in NCAA Division I football. The struggle to get to that groundbreaking moment took eight long years, a journey filled with dogged commitment, horrifying setbacks, and finally, remarkable triumph.

Fate came knocking for the 14-year-old Hnida in the unlikely form of a torn thigh muscle -- an injury that would drive her off the soccer field in search of...