An addendum to last week’s story on 49ers rookie running back Matt Breida, whose family is from Philadelphia, where he scored his first NFL touchdown.
It turns out that Breida isn’t merely planning to marry his high school sweetheart. She was his high school teammate, too. When they were juniors at Nature Coast High in Florida, Breida was the team’s running back while Silvana Paonessa served as the team’s kicker.
She was the first female football player in Hernando County history in 2011 when she debuted in a 42-0 win for the Sharks, hitting on all six of her extra-point attempts. Breida ended the season as the team’s leading scorer; Paonessa came in second.
That was the only season she played, Breida said. Asked if he and his fiancée ever became competitive over football, Breida said, no.
But he avoids playing soccer, Paonessa’s best sport, with her. “We’ll go out in the back yard and she’ll cross me over pretty good,” he said.