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Bruised butt cheeks and busted lips: Life in the LFL

April 16, 2013|By Ryan Smith | For RedEye

The Chicago Bliss women's football team features four players who hail from the area. Here's some of what has stood out to them during their careers.

YASHI RICE, 28, LOGAN SQUARE

Defensive line

On her famous NFL brother, Simeon Rice:

"He thought it was a joke at first and didn't like the idea of me running around with lingerie. I mean we come from a serious sports family and he's my big brother. But then he came to the first game, but he was like 'I didn't know it was going to be this serious!'"

On her biggest hit in a game:

"Last season against Green Bay, I split a girl's lip open and it looked pretty bad. You know, it's football. I don't try to hurt anyone. I can't help it, I'm a Rice. It's in my DNA."

ALLI ALBERTS, 26, OLD TOWN

Wide receiver and safety

On her first LFL game this week:

"I'm so excited, it's been such a long time coming. I'm kinda going in blind, so I don't really know what to expect. I do know that I really enjoy hitting so I'm looking forward to really tackling someone for the first time in a game."

HEATHER FURR, 28, WRIGLEYVILLE

Quarterback and safety

On if she gets asked for her phone number:

"I don't think there's really an opportunity at the game. Sometimes guys will hide behind a computer and do it through social media and there's Facebook messages and a lot more where guys ask, 'Can I get a signed picture or can I take you out sometime?' Sometimes at the game they'll want us to sign their chest or autograph an underwear they'll put over their jeans. Everyone's having fun though."

On her greatest touchdown celebration:

"After a touchdown at a game at Toyota Park, I sprinted to a table out on the field and grabbed a drink from a fan's hand and had my own cocktail. In the LFL, the idea is that it's football, but it's also entertainment."

VEJURNAE LEAL, 27, EVANSTON

Wide receiver and cornerback

On the strangest place she's ever had a bruise:

"My buttcheek. I fell backwards on my butt on a tackle and it just felt like my butt exploded. It hurt."

Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.


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