Confessions of a Pro Lingerie Football Team
Kendra Ruff: Defensive End
"Honestly? Our lingerie isn't any more revealing than what most pro cheerleaders wear. And for me, it's not about the uniform or the reality TV show (coming later this year to Spike TV) or any of that. It's about being a girl and getting to play real football. We study the game, we watch training videos, and we train really hard. The most important thing, in the end, is the game of football. I love it."
#5 Kendra Ruff, 27, Personal Trainer for Lifetime Fitness, defensive end/offensive line
Leah Perzichilli: Cornerback
"When I was a gymnast, I had a t-shirt that said 'If gymnastics were any easier it would be football.' I've learned that's not true! Football is one of the hardest workouts I've ever done, both mentally and physically. Plus, the best feeling in the whole world is to lay someone out on the field. You definitely don't get to do that in gymnastics!"
#8 Leah Perzichilli, 26, cornerback
Jana Skartic: Quarterback
"I've always played football with the boys—I was one of only two girls asked to play on an all-star fraternity team in college—but playing football with girls is way more fun. During one game, I handed off the ball to a girl and she got totally blitzed by the other team. Back in the huddle she was crying and yelling at me, 'Why did you give me the ball? How could you do that to me?!" Um, because it's football? It was so funny, we had to take a minute to wait for all the girls to stop laughing. You don't see that in men's football!"
#7 Jana Skartic, 26, medical sales, quarterback
Angie Hanson: Cornerback
"I have two older brothers who played football in college but I'm the only one in my family who can say I'm a professional football player. I love signing all my e-mails to my family 'Love, the PRO Hanson'!"
#11 Angie Hanson, 28, marketing manager, cornerback
Whitney Meierotto: Wide Receiver
"I'd never even played football before I joined the LFL (lingerie football league). I started out as a professional volleyball player overseas but jumped at the chance to be in the LFL. Not only would I get to be a professional athlete on my home turf, but I'd get the chance to hit a girl! And now I'm one of the top two wide receivers in the entire league."
#4 Whitney Meierotto, 25, LFL All-Star, wide receiver
Kelli Gillispie: Center
"Sometimes being a lingerie football player can get a little creepy. Once a fan sent me a bunch of postcards he had made of me with my picture and all my information on them. He wanted me to sign them as souvenirs and send them back to him. Then I found out he was being federally indicted. My boyfriend thinks it's weird but I kept the postcards anyway! It still makes me laugh."
#12 Kelli Gillispie, 31, small business owner and city councilwoman, center
Tony Nguyen: Head Coach
"I like coaching women's football more than men's—and it's not for the reason that you think. Unlike coaching men, the women don't have an ego; they really want to learn about football. They don't get paid like NFL players but they still play full-speed, full-contact, real football. And they do it wearing a lot less padding than men. The only reason they do this is because they love the game. I challenge anyone to come watch a game! People are surprised; women's football is more exciting and has more action than men's!
Tony Nguyen, Head Coach for the Minnesota Valkyries