Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Living It Up: Women's Pro Football -- The Miami Stingrays
It's definitely a compliment to tell a member on the Miami Stingrays they throw like a girl -- that's because the Stingrays play in the Women's Pro Football League. But don't under-estimate the quality of play. As Jackie Johnson found out - girl power is alive on the Gridiron.
Jackie: "So how do the fans react to women playing football, rather than men?"
Anita: "I think at first they are inquisitive, and then they see that we can play, we can hit, we can throw the ball 40-50 yards."
Jackie: "I know you said it's such a brutal sport, so how is it playing football?"
Anita: "There's injury, I've had bilateral ACL reconstruction, both my ligaments have been torn, I've had a shoulder impingement, I've had an AC joint separation."
Jackie: "What does it take to be a good quarterback?"
Anita: "I have a really good sense of where I am on the field...really the key too is I've got a quick release, I'm able to release the ball quickly."
Jackie: "Now are these the same size footballs as the men?"
Anita: "Absolutely not, these are a little bit smaller...the slogan is smaller ball better game."
Jackie: "Is there a certain way I need to hold this?"
Anita: "You want to bring it back over your head like this."
Anita: "Okay I'm going to show you some snaps."
Anita: "You can't be shy in this situation, you've really got to get down there, you've got to get your hand up under her"
Jackie: "Is it touching?"
Jackie: "Sorry, Deedee."
Anita: "She needs to feel where your hand is, in order for her to get the ball to you."
Anita: "Down, set, hike."
Anita: "Generally you have 25 seconds to call your play in the huddle come back to the line and get the snap off."
Anita: "I want to show you some of the handoffs and what they all mean."
Anita: "Hike, I get the ball, I open this way, why am I opening this way, because I want those linebackers to bite this way first."
Anita: "Okay let's see you do it."
Jackie:(in huddle) "Okay here's the plan, we are going to go red right, zero pass on 1, ready break!"
Jackie: "Down set hike, alright go long! And that's what it's like Living It Up with the Florida Stingrays, I'm headed back to the locker room, Jackie Johnson 7 News."
On Thursday, Jackie's on a mission.
She's training with the Broward County SWAT Team.
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