ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)—A 9-year-old girl traded in her point shoes for a pair of cleats and followed in her brother's footsteps, joining the Rockford football team.
Ava Guernsey danced for Rhythm Dance for four years before taking this year off to play football.
"I never thought I would see her play but she just followed in my footsteps and really likes playing," says her brother, Ethan.
Ava's love of football started with attending her brother's games, where she would cheer him on.
"She was watching her brother and she sees her friends playing, so she asked me one day, 'Dad, can I play tackle football?' And I thought about it for half a second and I said, 'Absolutely.' I'm going to give her the chance just like her brother had," says Ryan Guernsey.