Meagan Robertson wanted to play football as a kid, but only boys were allowed on her school team.
Now, the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences security dispatcher’s dream is coming true. For the past two years, Robertson has played offensive right tackle for the only full contact women’s professional football team in Oklahoma – the Tulsa Threat.
She first heard about the team during the Center of the Universe Festival in downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Threat had a booth to recruit players and Robertson seized the opportunity to play.
“I grew up in a football town in Seminole and was raised to love the sport,” Robertson said. “I understood football but I was unable to play it and that was hard. Understanding the rules of the game made it easy to play when I finally got the chance.”
This year, Robertson was chosen as a standout player in the American division. She and three other Tulsa Threat All-Americans will play against players selected in the National division on Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. The All-American game will be played ahead of the league’s national championship game.
Because the team is player owned and operated, Robertson and the other three team members named All-Americans must pay to participate in the Los Angeles game, including hotel and airfare.
OSU-CHS Security officers have launched a raffle to help fund her trip and the Tulsa Threat has set up a gofund.me account to raise money. Raffle tickets are available in Matthews Bookstore and the security office. Prizes include a Threat gear basket, a $100 Visa gift card and a $50 Visa gift card. The gofund.me account can be found on the fundraising website.
At age 34, Robertson has said she plans to retire from the team after this season because it takes her too long to physically recover after a game.
“If I were 10 years younger, I’d still be going out there and playing,” she said. “But it just gets harder as you grow older.”
Robertson has four children - ages 1 to 17 years – and she wants summers to spend time with them doing their activities rather than at football practice. The team begins practicing in January three times a week and continues through the summer.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Meagan," said Dale Chapman, security and emergency operations manager for OSU-CHS. "Very few people get selected for a starting position on an All-American team. She has worked hard over the past years to become one of the best at what she does. She will be retiring her jersey this year and I could not think of a better way for her season to end."
As a member of the 40-team Women’s Football Alliance, the Tulsa Threat has joined other women’s professional tackle football teams in the U.S. that are breaking down barriers for women who wish to play football.
The Tulsa Threat is in its fifth year with about 30 players and two coaches. They play eight regular season games beginning in April. Home games are played at LaFortune Park and the team travels to Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to play away games.
“Our offensive line did really well this season with an average of five or more yards gained on each play,” Robertson said.
She said she is proud of what she has accomplished as a member of the state’s only women’s tackle football team.
“Now I appreciate everything about football that I missed when I wasn’t able to play,” Robertson said.