Valkyries tailback runs wild in the WWCFL
BY DON RICE, THE STARPHOENIX JULY 2, 2014
Julie David is a football natural, but she didn’t always know it.
She went to her first-ever football practice four years ago. It was a Wednesday. By Sunday, she was playing in her first tackle football game with the Saskatoon Valkyries. She was terrified the entire first year.
“I still didn’t know what I was doing half the time,” David said.
Since then, she’s racked up more than twice as many rushing yards (2,258) and touchdowns (54) as any other Valkyrie. Almost half the Valkyries’ touchdowns over the last three years have been scored by David, including many of the lengthy highlight-reel variety. Odds are she is actually the all-time Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) rushing leader, but records were not kept. She is also at or near the top of the league in receiving and kick return yards. And she is a strong player on defence when called upon.
“I don’t know how much more to emphasize this, she is one of the most important players on the team, if not the most important,” said fourth-year Valkyries starting quarterback Candace Bloomquist. “In my opinion, having her there, I feel 1,000 times more comfortable when I go up to the line of scrimmage and I know that she knows where she’s going.”
At her first practice, David struggled to put on her equipment. She didn’t know what position to play until the general manager suggested running back. Read more...