Shay Cola

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Season(s) Played with the Divas: 2012
Jersey Number: 18
Position: DB
Height: 5-0
Weight: 140
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: Morgan State University


Shay Cola Q&A

Who was your childhood idol? Why?
My mother…she taught me to always be better.  She always told me to “better my best.”
Who is your biggest supporter?
My family and friends.
If you could have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? Why?
My mother…I didn’t get a chance to spend enough time with her, but she made me who I am today.
Who is your female sports idol?
Mia Hamm.
Who is your favorite NFL player? Why?
Ray Lewis…he is one of the greatest at his position of all time and has played at an intense level for such a long time.  He’s also a very inspirational player and team leader.
What are your favorite hobbies or special interests?
Football, exercise, and travel.
What is your favorite travel location?
Tahiti…I love the tropical weather.
What is your favorite food?
Sushi and almond M&M’s.
What is your favorite book?
The Bible.
Who is your favorite musician or group?
Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Tenacious, aggressive, passionate.
What are your lifetime aspirations?
To play in the NFL…just kidding!  To own my own fitness company.
What was the first sport you ever played?
What is your favorite sports memory?
I was playing in my first women’s football game in Los Angeles.  I was nervous and full of adrenaline, and I came up from the safety position and stopped the ball carrier.  The memory of getting that first hit is what keeps me coming back for more football!
How did you hear about women’s football?
I loved physical contact from playing soccer, and I loved throwing the football around with my son.  So I decided to try out, not knowing anything about playing the game.
If you could play any position other than your own, which one would you choose? Why?
Safety…I like to catch the ball, but I really love to tackle and blitz!
Why do you want to play women’s football?
First, because I love the game, and second, because it allows me to play at a highly competitive level.  Also, I love the contact!
What does it mean to you to be a D.C. Diva?
To play the game I love for the best organization in the league.