Seasoned Veteran, Rookie-Mentor, and Empowered Woman

Series Created by Sarah Wolfer – Seattle Majestics Player

The Seattle Majestics Football team launched a series on March 8th to highlight the many impressive women who make up the team. The Seattle Majestics players and coaches come from all walks of life with varying backgrounds and experiences who are unified by one common goal – Winning the IX Cup in Denver, Colorado this summer.

This #FootballFriday we highlight a 7-season veteran of the Majestics who never forgets to bring her tenacity and work ethic with her to every single practice and game (even when she’s injured). Being a former rugby and softball player, Julia McComas knows what it takes to be successful on the field (and off of it). As a wide-receiver with the team, it is not uncommon to hear her teammates commenting on her excellent route running as she teaches the rookies the fundamentals. Though on the field she is an absolute competitor, Julia is also one of the kindest humans you’ll ever meet. She is currently hosting several international players at her house (now affectionately referred to as IHOF – The International House of Football) and has helped this team to feel like a family. In addition to being a mentor to the other women on the team, Julia genuinely believes in the impact that football can have on a person’s life and advocates for this in everything she does. Prepare to be inspired #TeamMajestics – this is sure to be a good one!

Tell us about yourself and your journey to become a tackle football player with the Seattle Majestics. How did you get started playing football?

I’ve been all in on team sports since I fell in love with Softball growing up. I put everything I had into the “softball player” life and could never get enough. I came to realize I was a pretty good ball player, but not necessarily the one that would make it D1. Around my junior year I had to make a hard decision to go to a D3 school to play ball (where the admissions/academics were less than stellar), or go to a school that was really difficult to get into academically and would help push my career after sports – that school happened to be the #1 ranked D1 team in the nation at the time so softball there wasn’t in my cards.

As hard as that choice was, I headed to the University of Washington to pursue a career in clinical psychology, one of the few schools in the nation offering a Bachelor of Science in the field vs. the typical Bachelor of Arts. I was proud I made that choice, but I was definitely feeling like a huge piece of me was left behind.

Well, it took me all of 3 days on campus before the universe plopped the rugby team onto my lap. It was like I was meant to be right there right then, because nothing felt more right than stepping onto that field and absorbing every piece of the game I could to become the best athlete I could be. I played 4 years at UW and graduated top of my class with Cum Laude honors and some great achievements in rugby. After that, I played club rugby for a few years but was feeling like there was still somewhere I needed to go in sports. Somewhere higher and greater – even now as an “adult” I knew there was more for me out there.

Why the Seattle Majestics and the WNFC?

Well, wouldn’t you know it, that’s when the universe plopped football into my life!

Football and I had instant chemistry.

Within one tryout I knew that I was stepping into the next chapter of my life, and in that moment I knew that this was the best that was yet to come. I knew then that I would give it everything I had – I would give it all of my effort, all of my respect for those ahead of me, and show my coaches and teammates what dedication and love for the game can bring to a team.

I have had an incredible 7 season journey with the Seattle Majestics – a team dedicated to the highest standards of success, built on love, passion and family.

I am so excited to now be a part of a league that lines up perfectly with everything Seattle has always believed in, and I can’t wait to see how this league propels the sport forward.

As part of the Women’s National Football Conference, the Seattle Majestics are now sponsored by Adidas through the “She Breaks Barriers” campaign. What do you feel are the biggest barriers facing women in sports today?

The biggest barriers in women’s sports are simply the tendency for everyone to compare them to men’s. Everyone wants to say men’s sports are more exciting or better or that women could never hang with men.

Women aren’t here to be compared.

We’re here to play the game at the highest level possible among the best of the best. Who wouldn’t want to watch the best of the best play against each other? It’s why we don’t want to see performance enhancing drugs in professional sports. It’s not fun to watch someone excel in a group of the best athletes in the world because that advantage takes away that excitement of the search for the best athletes in their game.

When I watch women’s sports, I know that those women are the very best in the world in their game and when one player stands out, it’s so exciting to know that she has worked and nurtured her God-given talent to earn that.

What do you see as your role in changing that?

As a female athlete, I help break barriers by opening people’s minds to the excitement of watching the best of the best.

I show people that women were not created to simply be compared to men, but that we are tenacious and passionate athletes that bring a whole new level of excitement to the game.

Based on your own experience, what advice would you give girls growing up today?

My advice to girls growing up today is to find the things in life that give you that instant chemistry feeling.

Find those, and go all in.

It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about in life, but be passionate about something.

Follow your heart and always know that if you do, you’re on the right path.

Who is your (s)hero and how did/ does she inspire you?

My hero is my mom.

My mom lives a genuine, authentic and beautiful life based on love and kindness.

Whenever my friends get the chance to hang out with her, they are always in awe of the impression she makes and I hope to live my life that way every day.

If you want to see Julia and the Seattle Majestics in action, you can purchase your tickets HERE. The last home game of the season is set for this Saturday (May 4th)  at Kent-Meridian High School (French Field) with kickoff set for 6PM. If you aren’t local to the Greater Seattle area, but want to see these amazing women playing football – you’re in luck! The WNFC recently joined forces with USCREEN and announced “WNFCTV.” Check out more information and watch the games live HERE.

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