Almost two weeks after a surgery to fix a torn ACL in her right leg, Leslie Walls is back at the game with her sons Colton Walls, 2, and Noah Walls, 9, outside of their home in Omaha on Friday, April 26, 2013. "These girls have worked so hard that it’s inspiring just to even watch them. It is heart wrenching not to be on the field, but it’s inspiring to watch from day one what they’ve put in to where they are now," Walls said.
The Lingerie Football League (now the Legends Football League) players say that they are athletes first. The lingerie is, in their minds, an unfortunate necessity. Many admitted that sex appeal was the reason fans attended the game, but talk to any woman who’s played, and you’ll learn that it’s no powder puff or flag football.
The players dedicate exhaustive effort, months of their time and thousands of dollars to a sport with little reward, to a league that takes more than it gives. Many players hope that one day the league won’t be about the sex appeal but instead a showcase for female athleticism.
“People can get the impression it’s just a bunch of bimbos out here,” Omaha Heart quarterback Linsey Noble said. “Everyone has their own story. You can’t really judge people by the cover, by the book or the lingerie.”
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