Madison Haley (left) heads the ball during the USA's CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship game against Trinidad & Tobago on October 31, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Being the offspring of a famous athlete can be a burden, but Madison Haley embraces her famous sporting roots and uses them as inspiration.
Madison’s father, Charles, was one of American football’s most feared defensive players in the 80’s and 90’s, when he played in the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Charles has shared intimate details about the ups and downs of pursuing a professional athletic career and Madison takes note of those lessons.
“When we train together, he talks to me as an athlete, not like I am his kid,” Madison told CONCACAF.com. “He is honest about everything he has been through. He wants the best for me and being a former professional athlete he understands everything I go through.”
When pressed about their favourite workout regime Madison quipped, “I don’t have a favourite. They are not that many hills in Dallas (her hometown), but my dad found one and we run it in the summer. Our workouts aren’t memorable because they are not fun.”
Madison confirms that the Haley household is pro Dallas Cowboys and she calls wide receiver Dez Bryant her favourite player.
“I wish they have a great season.”
Like Bryant, Madison is blessed with superior speed and strength; which she showcased against Trinidad & Tobago in the Americans’ CONCACAF Women’s Championship opener on Thursday.
Madison scored in the 52nd minute in the 8-0 triumph over the twin island republic, her fifth career goal as an under-17 international.
“It was super exciting, I had a surge of emotion, then the whole team came together to celebrate with me,” Madison expressed. “It was a memorable moment.”
The victory kick-started the Americans defense of their Under 17 title and, for Madison, the goals are clearly defined.
“Our short term goal is to win qualifying and our long term goal is to win the World Cup,” the teenager finished.
Undoubtedly, an achievable goal for the powerhouse of women’s football.