Female Quarterback Shreds The National Anthem On A Ukulele Before Winning Gold

This is the most inspiring combination of sports and music you will ever see.

1. Meet Sami Grisafe.

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2. She has been playing football since she was 10 years old.

She was the first female quarterback to play in a varsity Division I football game in the state of California.

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3. This past month she led the USA All-Star team to the International Federation of American Football’s 2013 Women’s World Championship in Finland.

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4. Wait, you didn’t know we had a World Champion female tackle football team?

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5. We do.

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6. And under the leadership of Grisafe, we are pretty unstoppable.

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7. The first international tackle football tournament in which women were allowed to compete was held in 2010.

The forty-five women on Team USA were selected in tryouts by USA Football.

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8. Before the final championship game of 2013, Grisafe stepped up to sing the national anthem.

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9. And when I say sing, I mean she actually shredded it to pieces on a ukulele.

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10. Quite literally, she rocked out so hard she shredded it to pieces.

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11. After her killer rendition, the team went on to take the gold with a 64-0 thrashing of Canada.

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12. Grisafe was named overall tournament MVP.

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13. Probably due to her three game tournament total of 626 passing yards, nine touchdown passes, and one rushing touchdown.

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14. It’s clear she has pipes, so it’s no surprise this quarterback is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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15. An openly out musician, Grisafe snagged the 2012 Chicago Music Award for “Best Rock Entertainer.”

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16. Through both her music and athletic career, Grisafe is setting an example for others.

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17. And acting as a role model for any athletes or musicians considering stepping out of the closet.

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18. But overall, what she is doing is truly inspiring.

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19. The story of the U.S. team is documented in an upcoming documentary Tackle Girls:

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Listen to some of Grisafe’s music here.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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