Female Kicker Mo Isom Cut From LSU Football Team
Mo Isom, former LSU women’s soccer star, did not make the Tigers’ football team. Isom’s try-outs were held on Tuesday and Wednesday. This was the second time Isom had tried out for the Tigers. She just tweeted the below:
It has been a long road for Isom. She played goalkeeper for the LSU women’s soccer team from 2008 to 2011. She had a year of eligibility left and decided to try out for the football team last March. Though she didn’t make the team then, she was invited back to try out again. Thenewsstar.com reported that coach Les Miles said that Isom had the size (6-foot-1) to be on the team and that he saw her kick a 51 yard field goal on LSU’s field.
If Isom had scored for LSU this year, she would have become the second female to score in a major college football game. Katie Hinda made two extra points for New Mexico back in 2003.
Isom’s story doesn’t stop there, though – not even close. She was LSU’s Homecoming Queen in 2011, and made the SEC All-Freshman and All-American teams in soccer. She made No. 3 on SportsCenter’s top plays with her 90 yard goal. Isom has also been on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and the Ellen Degeneres Show. But her life before all that wasn’t so peachy.
In high school, Isom suffered from an eating disorder. On her website, she wrote that the disorder “overwhelmed every aspect of [her] life.” She entered therapy and overcame the disease. But then in 2009, Isom had to deal with more adversity when her father took his own life. As if that wasn’t enough, she was involved in a horrible car crash that left her with a broken neck, multiple broken ribs, and brain contusions.
The story she tells on her website is pretty inspiring. Unlike many people in today’s society, Isom deserves all the attention that goes her way. You can be sure that this setback won’t keep her down for long.