Fairbury native Taylor (Muell) Fox set to start in Women’s Football Alliance title game

CANTON, OH — Taylor Fox is getting ready for the biggest performance of her life.

The Fairbury native played softball in high school and graduated college with a vocal performance degree but she’s heading to the big stage in something completely different… professional football.

“Yeah, no hesitation (to join the team)," Fox said. "You know, it was kind of a thing for me where I was like, ‘man, I wish I had seen this a long time ago.’”

It’s the third year and second season playing in the Women’s Football Alliance for Fox, who was Taylor Muell when she graduated from Fairbury High in 2009. She’s the starting left guard for the Minnesota Vixen, who will play for the national championship at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday.

Fox says the team-oriented nature of football drew her to the sport.

“You can’t succeed unless everyone on the field is doing their job," Fox said. "It requires a lot of trust and camaraderie, which is really cool. You don’t get that in every sport.”

Fox says one of her goals is to grow the sport among young women.

“Just creating those opportunities for kids growing up or at the college level," Fox said. "That’s really what we’re trying to do, is just showing girls they can do it when they might not think that’s possible.”

But right now her focus is on the Boston Renegades, the two-time defending champs and the Vixen’s opponent in Canton. Fox says the key to a win is controlling the line of scrimmage.

You can watch the Women’s Football Alliance championship game at 5:00 PM Saturday on DirecTV channel 623 or stream on ftfnext.com.