Our Women in Sports celebration for Women’s History Month contiues today as we head to the gridiron. The Lingerie Football League continues to grow. Still think it’s just a gimmick? Kylie Fehnel, today’s feature woman in sports thinks otherwise. Kylie plays for the Philadelphia Passion of the LFL and she was kind enough to talk with us…
What initially made you decide to try out for the LFL? Was it always a dream to play football or was there something else that got you here?
When I graduated college I felt as though I was still able to compete at a high level in athletics. Football was a sport I never tried but always loved. I decided to research women’s football and the LFL was the first thing I saw, I loved what I saw so I tried out.
Why the LFL over one of the other women’s football leagues that wear full pads and more traditional uniforms?
Honestly, I was unaware that other leagues existed at the time. Even if I had known, I would have chosen the LFL. I love that they combine being a sexy, strong, beautiful woman with the aggressiveness of the game of football. This league showcases the athleticism of ladies across the country, it’s really a terrific thing.
What other opportunities has the LFL opened up for you personally?
I am most grateful for the opportunity to meet the twenty girls of the Passion. I have made lifelong friends through the LFL and thank God every day for blessing me with the chance to share the football field with them.
Many of the players have other full time or part time jobs. What do you do other than play football for the Passion?
As of right now I am bartending full time. I have a degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I use every second of my spare time applying for jobs in this field. If you know anybody who is hiring let me know!
Do you feel the LFL is where it should be as far as respectability? If not, what can the league do to earn that respect?
I think the LFL is definitely under respected. Unfortunately many people are naive and look at the LFL on a very superficial level. People do not really understand what this league is all about. They don’t take the time to see how real the game is, how hard these teams work and they dismiss the league as “just a bunch of hot chicks playing two hand touch,” when I assure you it is WAY more than that. In order to earn more respect I think it would be beneficial to show more behind the scenes footage. Show practices, training sessions, etc. to make poeple aware of the intensity, dedication and seriousness that we as players put in to the LFL. This league is a success because of the hard work, the heart and the love of the game that the girls put into it, not because of our uniforms or looks.
How disappointing was it for the Passion to make it all the way to the Lingerie Bowl two years in a row but way short in the championship to the LA Temptation?
Super disappointing! I took the loss has as a rookie, but I know the veterans on the team took it much harder. Nobody likes losing period. To make it to the dance two years in a row and lose is heartbreaking. On the upside, we have made it two years in a row and losing only provides motivation to get there again and it will make victory sweeter when we take the title in the future.
How tough is the play in the LFL? Like you said earlier, I don’t think many people really understand just how hard the players work.
Playing in the LFL is no walk in the park. It is more of a steady sprint up the Rocky Mountains (laughs). Physically, every player needs to be in extremely great shape. We sacrifice our bodies on a regular basis, the stronger you are the better off you’ll be. Mentally, it is a juggling act between football and regular life. It can be exhausting but the struggles and juggles are what make the rewards greater. For me the LFL became my motivation to better myself as an athlete and football player.
What are your goals moving forward on the team as far as seeing the field, playing time, statistics, whatever the case may be?
I would love to see more playing time. Hell, I’d love to never come off the field! But that means I’d also have to steer clear of injuries, an issue that held me back last season.
If you were the commissioner, what changes would you make to the league?
I’d love to play more games, add more teams to the league and add more girls to the rosters. However, those are future goals for the LFL and I’m sure all these things will come as the league grows and gains popularity.
What is your best memory of your career in the Lingerie Football League so far?
Geez, I have to pick just one?! I’d have to say popping champagne after winning the Eastern Conference Championship this past season.Some Fun Facts: Favorite Movie: Cool Runnings, The Replacements Guiltiest Pleasure: Snickers bars Favorite Athlete: Mark Messier Favorite Hottie (male or female): Mark Sanchez
Follow Kylie on Twitter @WildEKyliePrevious Women’s History Month Interviews: Tina Cervasio (MSG Reporter) Jennie Finch (Softball) Jen Royle (Reporter) Carolyn Blank (Sky Blue FC) Chantal Sutherland (Jockey) Jessica Quiroli (MiLB Writer) Brittany Lincicome (LPGA) Jessica Mendoza (Softball) Amanda Pflugrad (FoxSports Reporter)