Becca was five years old when she witnessed Garrett’s famous kick, and she became obsessed with the sport from that point on. Indeed, whenever she saw Garrett, the little girl would simply gaze at her idol in awe. And Bob Longo also found something fascinating about his daughter’s hero. He noticed that Garrett had received a lot of support and warmth from her family during her football training.
Yes, Bob had frequently seen Garrett training with her father. What’s more, in those sessions, her gender hadn’t mattered – her father had happily thrown ball after ball to her. Now, Bob wanted to do the same thing with his own daughter. “I always envied them,” he told Bleacher Report. “They had a great father-daughter relationship. I hoped that one day I’d have the same kind of connection with Becca.”
And before long, he did. He encouraged his daughter to pursue her sporting dreams, and she got better and better as she grew up. At age nine, Becca started playing soccer, and when she started high school she was a star shooting guard on the basketball team. But football was her first love, and in 2014 a simple schoolyard challenge proved just how good she was at it.