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NPF Players in the Spotlight: Week 1

With fastpitch softball on the rise there are many women doing all that they can to ensure the future of their sport. Former Texas A&M pitcher, Megan Gibson, was the first Big 12 player to receive both “Big 12 Pitcher of the Year” and “Big 12 Player of the Year” awards in the same year. In 2008, that same season, Gibson led her team to the program’s second Big 12 regular season championship, first conference tournament championship, and runners up in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.  

Not stopping her career short, she was drafted as the number two pick overall in the 2008 NPF Senior Draft by the Philadelphia Force. After two years with the Force she is now on the brink of her second season with the NPF Diamonds.  As a professional Gibson threw two complete game shutouts in her first two starts of her career. In the 2010 season she boasted the third best batting average in the league (.304). She also racked up, an impressive, ten homeruns last year. Including, a walk-off two run shot against the Chicago Bandits to cap off a nine run rally by the Diamonds in the last two innings. She was named to the 2010 All NPF Team,  meet Megan Gibson…

Q:  Who is the biggest influence in your life?
Megan: My sister, she's always been someone I've looked up to and I've always wanted to be like her.

Q: What is your favorite movie and why?
Megan: 16 Candles, it's an oldie but a goodie!

Q: What's the best advice you've received as a pro?
Megan: I'll never stop learning.  I keep growing and learning still after the age of 24 each an everyday from the amazing athletes in our league.

Q: What are you doing during the NPF off-season?
Megan: I am the pitching coach at Texas A&M University

Q: How would you describe the NPF competition?
Megan: Fierce!  You play the same teams all summer long so you get to know one another, but it makes winning that much better!

Q: Who is your favorite Player to play against in the NPF and why?
Megan: Any of them, because there are incredible athletes in our league and the talent level is tremendous.  It's an honor to play in the NPF.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment in the NPF?
Megan: Watching the amazing players of our game retire (Jennie Finch, Stacy May, Chelsea Spencer)

Q: What advice would you give to an NPF rookie?
Megan: Don't be afraid to ask questions, we're all in the league together.

Q: You traveled with the Back to School Tour to Texas....what was it like to head back into the rival stadium at the University of Texas?
Megan: It was interesting because I still had this rival feeling but at the same time Cat (Osterman), Loryn (Johnson), and Megan Willis were on my team so it didn't feel the same as it did in college.  It was a fun atmosphere to be back there playing and my family got to come watch me play again in that stadium.  Let's just say there were a fair share of Aggies in the stands.

Q: What are you looking forward to for the 2011 season?
Megan: Being able to play again.  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be able to still play after college.