“I remember we were like three or four yards from the end zone and [coach] called the run play,” she said. “And I remember getting in my stance and telling myself, literally speaking out loud. I was like, ‘I can do it, I can do it, I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.’”
Prior to that handoff, Rasmussen was a senior at Laguna Beach High School who appeared to be very typical—aside from the fact that she played tackle football as a girl, of course.
“When I finally entered the end zone, it was a little strange because while I was running, it seemed like everything stopped, and all I could see was the opening. On the football field, that was something I had never experienced before, and it was just incredibly weird for me. It felt like the volume had been turned up when I finally entered the end zone.
And she wouldn’t score another touchdown that evening after that.
Rasmussen made history in California by scoring another touchdown and becoming the first woman to score twice in a single game. The recognition ultimately catapulted the young tailback into the spotlight on a national scale, bringing with it a new degree of stardom that Rasmussen acknowledges she wasn’t quite prepared for.
She said, “It’s been insane.
The 17-year-old football player recently had an exclusive interview with Boardroom where she discussed what took place on that historic night, why she loves the game, and what she intends to do with the money she has made as the first female football player to sign a deal with a company.
But first, let’s reflect on that fateful October evening when everything changed.
Oct. 14, 2022: Bella Rasmussen Arrives
Rasmussen was aware that whatever was going to happen had to occur that evening before the game even started.
In that game against Godinez Fundamental High School, Rasmussen says, “I was thinking if I’m going to score it has to be tonight.” We were entering the playoffs, and I wasn’t sure if I’d have another chance.
Rasmussen’s night would undoubtedly turn out to be one to remember, as fate would have it.
“I literally had no notion when I went to bed that night, and I still don’t. Even now, I still wonder how anything came to be what it is. She spoke. “I feel like my life has become much more public now that it used to be so private. I’ve made a ton of new friends and received messages from famous people I never thought I’d hear from.
Making NIL History
Soon after her great game, according to Rasmussen, brands began to show interest in her and wanted to send her promotional materials in addition to swag.
Who doesn’t enjoy free things, she questioned.
It didn’t been apparent how many chances there truly were until she signed with an agency, Michael Ehrlich, Head of Athlete Engagement at. As a free-lance writer, Ehrlich also contributes to Boardroom.
Bella and her family were not experts in anything NIL, but they had a distinct vision for how they wanted to interact with the environment, according to Ehrlich. “Mental wellbeing and health was the logical path to pursue after a deep dive on what is most important to their family,” says the author.
This gets us to the present day. To help promote the KeyWise Skye app, which serves as a fitness tracker for your head, Rasmussen has decided to sign a NIL partnership.
She remarked, “What I truly enjoyed about Keywise were their objectives and their experiences. “They cared about mental health and the wellbeing of the people around them,” says the author. “It wasn’t just to earn money, it wasn’t simply to make a profit and sell something.”
Rasmussen will spearhead the brand’s campaign for mental health awareness, showcasing how the app may assist others, as she revealed the during a live appearance on NBC Access Hollywood’s “Access Daily” show with Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover.
Because that’s not something that’s frequently spoken, she added, “that’s something that I cherish a lot in my life and I like to see the people around me doing well, mentally and emotionally.” “It needs to be corrected, but nobody really provides many solutions, particularly ones that won’t set you back a fortune. And I really enjoy the App because I think it gives folks a pretty easy method to assist themselves.
She remarked, “I think that putting part of the money that I make into charity and giving it to individuals who truly are hurting and really need it is a significant way that I can give back.” “These same individuals are placing me on this platform, so I’d really like to take the money and give it back to people.”
What’s Next for Bella Rasmussen?
Rasmussen is certain that the fall will see her entering college to pursue a degree in psychology. Her list of probable schools includes Oregon, Utah, Vanderbilt, Michigan, and Colorado, although the location isn’t completely obvious yet.
Rasmussen stated that she intends to continue using her platform for good outside of her studies. She also intends to look into potential new business ventures.
She remarked, “I would adore becoming a business owner.” “I’d love to establish something that I can develop, profit from, and contribute to.”
Rasmussen isn’t afraid to talk about how she has overcame the many obstacles in her life, both on and off the football field, when asked what type of advice she would provide to young girls who are now looking up to her as a role model.
No matter what it is, she continued, “there will be a lot of people who will despise what you do.” “They won’t stand behind you. They’ll tell you that you can’t do it, that you’re not competent, and other such nonsense. That’s something I’ve heard since I was a young child. The one person who will always be there for you is you, at the end of the day. Don’t let other people’s opinions influence the decisions you make or the actions you take toward your goals because everything is possible if you have faith in yourself.
Right now, I feel like I’m sort of going through it.