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Airman 1st Class Jasmine Plummer is reserved and shy among her peers in the Nevada Air Guard. She’s been like that her whole life.
But there is nothing reserved or timid about his playing on the football field.
Her prowess on the grill already earned her legendary status with a Hollywood film, “The Longshots”, on her journey as an 11-year-old in 2003, becoming the first female quarterback to lead a team until. Pop Warner Super Bowl. Released in 2008, the film is based on its memorable Pop Warner season with actress Keke Palmer playing Plummer and Ice Cube playing her soccer mentor. That year, ESPN The Magazine featured her in an article titled “The Gridiron Girl.”
After more than a decade of hiatus from football, the now 28-year-old Plummer returned to the game she loves and should play for the Reno-based Nevada Storm in the Women’s Football Alliance Division II championship game. against the Detroit Dark Angels on July 23. at the Pro Football Hall Fame in Canton, Ohio. The championship game closes a dominant season with a 6-0 regular-season record for the Storm, winning Saturday’s divisional semi-final 14-6 against the Houston Energy at North Valleys High School in Reno.
When asked if she feels like a good running back, Plummer replied in a nutshell: âAbsolutely.
Statistics support his claim.
With six regular season games and two playoff games, Plummer leads all of the Division II rushers in yards (814), touchdowns (15), yards per carry (15.5) and is tied for the longest span of season (95 yards), according to the WFA website.
“I feel like that’s what I’m supposed to play,” said Plummer, who also plays the defending cornerback. âI’m glad there was an opportunity for me to do it. I just like to hit people and play soccer.
His uncle, Fred Johnson, Sr., was one of the first people to notice Plummer’s ability to play football in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois, just south of Chicago.
“She was playing soccer with some guys in a park down the street from her house and she injured her knee,” Johnson said. âA boy brought her home, holding her in his arms. She was about 9 years old. This guy was much older, much bigger. My sister couldn’t believe it. She thought these much older boys shouldn’t be playing soccer with her baby. I told my sister that she liked the game, but that she should play in a more organized environment.
Johnson became his trainer in Pop Warner at the Mighty-Mite level. He would later be played by Ice Cube in the movie “The Longshots”. The movie portrayed Plummer as a “girl” who ended up playing football, Johnson said, but that was never the case in real life.
“She has always loved football,” he said.
This love of the game became her main focus when she entered Pop Warner’s Junior Pee Wee level. As a quarterback, Plummer led the Harvey Colts to the 2003 Super Bowl Pop Warner in Orlando, Florida. She was the first female quarterback in the 61-year history of the national tournament, ESPN reported.
âShe was shy,â Johnson said. âWe had to prepare her for interviews. She didn’t want to go to their place. It was Jasmin. She was the sweetest, cutest little girl. But there is someone I like to call Jazzy Lady. It’s his alter ego. Once she has that ball, she runs with the ball, it’s like a stallion running through a fence.
Johnson recalled when Plummer played the quarterback against one of the best teams in the league. Often in Pop Warner, players are asked to keep their helmets on even after the game. The opposing coach asked her if she could remove her helmet.
âThey wanted to make sure we didn’t trade it and put on another child,â Johnson said. “She stood there in her dirty uniform, took off her helmet and gave Jasmine that smile.” The coach said, “You are the athlete all dads want.”
Plummer quit playing soccer as a teenager and switched to basketball.
âThere aren’t a lot of options for playing soccer for teenage girls,â she said. âI thought I would have the chance to play sports for longer if I started with basketball. “
She also wrestled and pinned her predominantly male competition on a regular basis.
Eventually, basketball took her out west, where she played point guard at Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif.
âI didn’t know it was so mountainous. I imagined a lot of beaches, like we all think of California. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna go.’ I was wrong, âPlummer laughed.
But it worked for Plummer. It was there that she met his wife, Nejae Jackson, who also played basketball at Feather River. Today, they have two children and live in Carson City. Her mother, Cassandra Johnson, also moved from Illinois to Reno to be closer to her daughter.
Plummer left Quincy to continue his education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She also had a job at Tesla, but had to find a way to pay for her education. To do so, in 2018, she joined the Nevada Air Guard as an information technology specialist in the 152nd communications flight. The Nevada Guard’s tuition exemption allowed him to pay for his classes and continue working.
“She’s really self-sufficient and you can tell it comes from her athletic experience,” said Major Greg Green, commander of 152nd Communications Squadron. “She has an incredible work ethic.”
“Powerful, fast and fast like them”
Also in 2018, she began training with the Nevada Storm, originally created at Reno in 2010. With Plummer in the offensive field, the Storm won the Division III championship in 2019. The league moved the Storm in Division II in 2020, but they did not compete because of the pandemic. If the Storm wins next week, they will become the first WFA team in history to win back-to-back titles after skipping divisions.
It won’t be easy. The Storm’s opponent, the Detroit Dark Angels, won their semifinal game 59-0. The Dark Angels have recorded shutouts in six of their last eight games. Both teams placed first and second in points per game this season and points allowed per game. The Nevada Storm scored 39.7 points per game and allowed 6.9 points per game; the Dark Angels scored 36.1 per game and allowed 7.7, according to the WFA website.
âI watched a few of their matches on film,â Plummer said. âThey look pretty good. Obviously, they made the championship for a reason. But if we play our game I’m sure we can win.
After this season, Plummer has his eyes set on the new association of the Women’s Football League, which is committed to becoming the premier professional league in women’s football and paying the players. The league has been in contact with Plummer, but the start date for its inaugural season has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.
“I hope we will have more information soon,” she said. “I’m excited about this.”
Plummer prefers to run behind the quarterback these days as it offers more chances to hit the ball in a more race-oriented league. When asked if there was a running back she had modeled herself on, whether male or female, Plummer said New Saints’ Alvin Kamara -OrlÃ©ans.
âI also love Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch,â Plummer said of the Seattle Seahawks longtime running back. âI am a similar runner. I think I am powerful and quick and quick like them.