Football is a tough sport.  I played from the time I was eight until I was 18.  I still feel some of the injuries that I acquired from playing.  Those were also some of the best years of my life.  So why shouldn't everyone get a shot to play?  That's the argument that a girl from Pennsylvania is trying to get heard...and she's called on a big name to help her get it out.

Eleven year old Caroline Pla has been playing football for Doylestown, Pa., since she was five.  But this year The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Youth Organization, is trying to get her to stop playing.

Their side of the argument comes with a convenient rule that says “women are too weak and fragile for the sport.”  This is 2013 right?

Caroline and her family decided to take to the internet to get some help from the public after meetings with the CYO went nowhere.  This is where Ellen Degeneres comes in.  Ellen let Caroline come on her show to bring a little more light to the situation.

Here are my thoughts:

As long as a girl can hold her own and wants to be on the field, there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be allowed.  I don't think that there should be special rules to make it easier on them, but if they can do the work, they should definitely be allowed.  I've played against some pretty rough girls on the field in my past.  I know for a fact that they can hold their own.

I am a huge fan of Ellen.  If there was ever anyone who could bring about some change in this girl's life, it will be her.  Good luck to Caroline.  I hope she gets back on the field with her team soon!

If you'd like to help, you can sign the petition right here.