Special to the Daily Light

Forget the crowns and ditch the ball gowns; happily ever after doesn’t always involve princesses.

Allen Wrangler employee Sarah Minton isn’t exactly your everyday princess.

Her daily attire? Sweatpants.

Her talent? Writing.

Her fairy tale? Football. 

Her Prince Charming? Peyton Manning.

Minton got her happily ever after Monday when the professional indoor football team named her media director. A Texas native, Minton has been dreaming of a job like this since she could say “touchdown.” Minton was raised by a football coach and says the turf is nothing new to her.

“Every significant moment in my life has happened on a football field,” Minton said.

Minton received her degree from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in December.

She worked in the UNT football office as a student assistant for three years; her resume also includes stops at the Big 12 Conference and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Aside from her new job with the Wranglers, Minton is pursuing a master’s in sport management from Texas Woman’s University.

“I wasn’t born a boy, so I had to find some way to carry on the family legacy,” Minton said.

Minton’s father, Terry, is a high school football coach in Waxahachie. Her grandfather, Smitty Minton, was a stadium keeper in the Plano Independent School District for years; he is now in the Plano ISD Hall of Honor.

Minton said she’s learned a lot from both her father and grandfather over the years, including how to handle a stressful football season.

“Football fields have always been my place of comfort,” she said. “I go there when I need to clear my head.”

At 22, she admits the job is a bit overwhelming. She says she just hopes that she can handle the stress of a master’s degree and the job of her dreams.