Brittany Bushman the field general for the greatest female team in Texas

As one of the premier pivots in the Women’s Football Alliance, Brittany Bushman only added to her legend with a strong 2013. From contributing to a second consecutive gold medal for an ecstatic US contingent at the IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vantaa, Finland, a conference title with the Dallas Diamonds would follow for Bushman. Of note, she would be one of six Diamonds (including Kenoris Blackmon, Alberta Fitcheard-Bryson, Rachel May, Odessa Jenkins and Dr. Jen Welter) selected to compete for Team USA in Vantaa, Finland.

One of the faces of the Diamonds, the most accomplished team in the history of Texas female football, she has played eight seasons on the gridiron, including three as the Diamonds quarterback. Since she has lined up behind center, the Diamonds have only lost one regular season game. Her first foray into football came in 2005 as a member of the Massachusetts Mutiny. Currently, she follows in the Diamonds proud quarterbacking legacy established by Karen Seimears, making the Diamonds one of the WFA’s signature franchises.

Image obtained from: http://www.missgridiron.com/brittany-bushman/
Image obtained from: http://www.missgridiron.com/brittany-bushman/

To those that know Bushman, they see her as a dedicated individual who possesses the heart and character of a champion. While also working as a substitute teacher, she has ambitions to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to earn a degree in computer engineering. Considering her dedication on the field, there is no question she can bring that same desire to achieve any goal off it.

Hailing from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her first brush with football came through the famous Pop Warner program. She would eventually receive varsity letters as a high school player in her junior and senior years, becoming the first female in the history of Portsmouth High School to do so.

Like so many of her colleagues on the gridiron, Bushman is also adept at more than one sport. In addition to her gridiron glories at Portsmouth High, she was a star on the hardcourt. Her skills would earn her a spot with Emmanuel College in Massachusetts, competing in basketball at the NCAA Division III level.

Her experiences with basketball have served her well. Currently, she serves as an AAU basketball coach. The patience and leadership skills necessary to serve in a coaching capacity have translated from the hardcourt to the gridiron, where she employs those same skills to command an elite offense which strikes fear into opposing defenses in the WFA.

Such results were evident during the 2012 WFA season, where she earned American Conference MVP honors as she was the key component for a 10-1 Diamonds squad that boasted the league’s highest scoring offense. Registering an astounding figure of 68.5 points per game, Bushman’s arm strength and breakout speed punished opposing defenses. With an average of 532 offensive yards per game, the Diamonds qualified for the American Conference title game against the San Diego Surge.

Another strong season followed in 2013, as Bushman recorded a passer rating of 140.4, ranking fifth overall among passers. In an undefeated regular season, Bushman would throw for 14 touchdown passes, while recording only one interception. While she helped the Diamonds improve on their 2012 postseason performance by winning the conference title in 2013, the focus on a national title is stronger than ever heading into 2014.

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Author: markstaffieri

A proud supporter of women in sport. My influences in covering women's sport include Andria Hunter and Jaclyn Hawkins. Both are former women’s hockey players who created their own websites, providing a deeper insight for their respective sport. Unable to identify with multi-millionaire male athletes, the role of women in sport is one that provides inspiration while preserving the spirit of sportsmanship. My first exposure to women and sport came through Geraldine Heaney and her legendary goal at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championships. By composing player profiles on women from all sports, it is my opportunity to give back to the female sporting community by showing gratitude for their hard work and effort. While women's hockey opened the door to a larger yet remarkable world of sport, the quantum leap in women's football and global growth of women's basketball have only helped to fuel my interest in the female game. Some of the athletes that I admire include Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner (hockey), Lolo Jones (track), Connie Fekete and Sami Grisafe (football) plus Anne Erler and Heather Furr (LFL football). Other athletes consist of Sue Bird and Katie Smith (basketball) along with Barbara Mervin and Heather Moyse (rugby). In addition to my efforts on WordPress, I have also contributed to Bleacher Report, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Hockey Canada, LFL Canada and Women's Hockey Life.

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