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Ruth Matta, #22

Boston Renegades running back Ruth Matta

The Boston Renegades running back Ruth Matta #22 evades a New York Wolves defender when the teams met on April 13, 2019 in Revere, Mass. Boston won 68-14. ©2019 Mitzi Vélez Lorenzana

Running back Ruth Matta is one of Europe’s most decorated players. As a member of the Birmingham Lions of the British American Football Association (BAFA), Matta is twice an Offensive Player of the Year and also a six-time UK National Champion. With Great Britain’s national team, she is a European Silver Medalist, and she was awarded MVP at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships in the Bronze medal match against Mexico.

A soccer player in secondary school, and a rugby player at university, it seems Matta was perhaps destined to play American football. Her outlook on the game certainly indicates she is up to the task. “When I walk onto the pitch I’m no longer defined by my gender but as a player. Focus shifts towards my athletic ability, hard work and fight.” Her desire to compete with the best brings her to the Boston Renegades. “It’ll take time to settle in. I will have to earn my reps in Boston,” she said in an interview with EP Sports. “The level I will be playing in the U.S. will be a lot higher.”

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Position: Running Back
Height: 4'11"
Resides: Norton, Mass.
Original hometown: Birmingham, England
Current occupation: Mental health nurse

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