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11/27/05-Tyler

Tatum Eagle Shines As Dallas Diamond

In the high school playoffs, the Tatum Eagles are hoping to bring home the state title.
However, one Tatum Eagle has felt the rush of a football championship win not once, but twice.
Last weekend, she led the Dallas Diamonds"to their second consecutive Women's Professional Football League Championship. 
As Diamonds quarterback, Karen Seimears has gone from pageants to play action passes.
"I remember even in kindergarten and first grade them saying girls on this side for kickball, boys on this side for football, Karen, yes you can go if you want," Karen said.
Since playing against the boys on her street as a little girl, Karen has gone pro.
"I was pretty much raised and in school (to think) whatever you want to do, just do it."
Four years ago, when Karen decided she wanted to play professional football, she did it. It was a goal born in the checkout line as she skimmed a Sports Illustrated article about the league.
"It was just a perfect fit," she said. "As soon as I found out it was no question. It was just now I have to get in shape."
Now in her third year with the Dallas Diamonds, the star quarterback has been offensive MVP. She will soon have her second championship ring, and always wears one.
"I would play this game, whether they paid us, whether anybody listened," Karen's said, "I would pay to play the game. But, to know that you are the best at anything, it's a good feeling."
For the critics, Karen said the women's league is no cakewalk.
"Our philosophy when we're talking to our defense is you knock the snot out of them and then you help them up and tell them you'll be right back."
"I've been sacked a few times, no matter how good they hit you, you want to be the first one up. I want to be up before them and sometimes the world is spinning but you don't want them to think they hit you hard."
Karen believes the word "tomboy" will soon no longer exist, as the line blurs for things 'just for men' or 'just for women.' She thinks someday her story will not seem so unique.
"I do believe that women's football won't be a novelty in 15 or 20 years. It would be something that I hope has the success of the WNBA. It will be nice to know that our names written down in that book."
When she's not on the field, Karen teaches media-technology, has created a feature film and documentary and is a minister for the Church of God. Adding to her resume, after graduating from SFA, she wrote speeches for Ross Perot and helped with campaign ads for then governor George W. Bush.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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