This past week, a friend of mine asked me about the athletes I have had the honor of meeting recently. "Did Butkus want to kill you for wearing a Marino jersey", "Did you ask Marino to throw you a pass." Then there was the one queston, "Is there any athlete you've met that has changed the way you look at a sport" I answered quickly and easily...Danielle Moinet.
Danielle Moinet is member of the Lingerie Football League's Chicago Bliss, and currently plays Safety/Cornerback. I had the opportunity to meet her when she was making an appearance to promote the Bliss at a Chicago Slaughter game this past year, and she was one of the nicest, intelligent, and interesting women I have had ever had the pleasure of meeting. No she's not just a pretty face, just the presence of her can inform you that she's also athletic. I had a thought or two of her being able to tackle. Speaking with, signing autographs, and posing for fans she demonstrated an amazing personality unlike no other. That time I got to speak with her, and find out a little more about the Bliss is some of the most valuable time I have ever had in my life. Now I knew the girl was nice, but the real question was, "Can she get it done in the field?" I guess I would have to figure out myself...
I took in an LFL game with my friends where the Bliss were facing off against the San Diego Seduction. I remember speaking to one of them pregame, and said "Keep a lookout for #7, I've met her" and he looked and me and responded "How hot is she?" and I said "that's not the reason, I'm telling you. WATCH." A few plays later, my friend and I looked at each other, I said "WOW", he said "Holy Crap" Never do I want to hear the stereotype that women cannot play football again, I'm dead serious. This woman can play the game. She has the combination of Brian Urlacher tacking, and Troy Polamalu game changing abilities, no I'm not over exaggerating, she's that good. Always pumping her teammates up, and all over the field, she really is what this league is all about. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, she has more athleticism than some NFL players I have watched, and made tackles look easy. If she tackled me, I would probably be dead. She was one of the main reasons that scoreboard read 50-12 at the final whistle.
The mission of the Lingerie Football League is to prove that women can play football, and be amazing at it. Moinet is more than amazing, she's unreal. You have got to meet this girl, she will change the look you have on the game of football. If you don't believe me, go see for yourself. Bliss season begins September 2nd, at their new location, Toyota Park. They have 2 home games this year on the 2nd vs Las Vegas and October 7th vs Green Bay, a new Chicago-Green Bay rivalry. The Bliss do a good amount of promotional appearances, including stopping outside to tailgaters. If I would tell you one person to meet, go meet Danielle Moinet, meeting her made my day, my week, my month, and she can do that for you too, she is someone you should know.