She played sports at Central High School. Years later she learned about auditions for an adult women's football league and, eleven years later, she's still going strong.
Nyala Bulock is a free safety for the Kansas City Titans women's football team.
"You become a whole other person. It's like, ‘no one steps on my field and is going to do any damage when I'm on this field,'" Bulock said.
Her team finished up the season with a seven and two record. It's not bad for a woman who is also a wife, mother, graduate student and assistant volleyball coach at Central High School.
She carries her football mentality to the court, teaching her girls the feeling that comes with being on a team.
"I am very strong with, ‘this is your rock here, these are your teammates, these are your sisters, they ride and die with you, they love you. If you don't have anybody, you have them,'" Bulock said.
Bulock hurt her shoulder at the end of last season but, like her role model Troy Polamalu, she won't let an injury keep her down. She said she admires the Pittsburgh Steelers' strong safety for his tenacity on the field and his personal style.
"I like his hair, one, and two, he is fierce. He just goes with no thought process of what he's going to do. He just executed, he just delivers. And it's awesome to watch him," she said.
Right now Bulock is watching and waiting to see how her shoulder heals. She wants to be back on the field when the new season starts in April.
"It's great to play something that people kind of frowned upon for women to be a part of, so it's almost like I'm going to show you that I can do it and I can do it well," she said.
Bulock is also a leadership consultant and is working on a master's degree. She graduates in May of 2015.
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