Top 10 Most Attractive Players in LFL Canada
Regina Rage players Kylie Rossler and Ashley Richter celebrate a touchdown in their win over undefeated Saskatoon (courtesy LFL Canada)
From the outset, LFL Canada is a league that is empowering. The fearless females of the gridiron are strong yet beautiful, inside and outside.
While the players sex appeal is undeniable, true fans stay for the courage and determination displayed on the field.
While many fans may have their own opinions as to which players should constitute a top ten list, the focus is to celebrate what makes the league special: the players themselves.
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Berger, Saskatoon Sirens
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The Sirens' team leader in sacks, the 5'8" native from Saskatoon is a key contributor to the Sirens' defense.
A 22-year-old, Berger told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that she loved football and was keen on the competitive elements of the game.
Honorable Mention, Sylvie Manaigre, Tornto Triumph
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When not playing, the 26-year-old Manaigre is a bartender. Wearing #5 for the Triumph, she was featured as a Sunshine Girl in the Sun Newspaper Chain on September 12, 2012. As part of her pictorial, her bio mentioned that she loved comedians.
Throughout the first two games of the season, the wide receiver made several contributions on the defensive side of the game.
10: Katie Marshall, BC Angels
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Wearing #17 for the first place BC Angels (after three games), the 5'5", 24-year-old from North Vancouver is still looking for her first touchdown of the season.
Playing as a wide receiver and a cornerback, Marshall has been a stalwart on defense. Having logged nine tackles (five of them for a loss) and three sacks, Marshall is a serious candidate for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
One of the highlights of her season was being featured on the cover of the Vancouver Province newspaper. Prior to LFL Canada, Marshall was a highly accomplished athlete.
In 2006, she was the team captain of the BC High School Girls Rugby Provincial Champs. In addition, Marshall competed in soccer, basketball, volleyball and flag football at the high school level.
9: Tiffany Russell, Toronto Triumph
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Sometimes a blonde, sometimes a brunette, the one common factor is that the 5’8” center is always beautiful.
While a student at the University of Toronto, Russell played women’s flag football. Her team was affectionately known as the Powderpuffs. Although there was no tackling, there was blocking, so the game did possess some physical intensity.
As a defensive captain, Russell played on icy surfaces while not wearing a helmet. With the Powderpuffs, Russell played university teams from throughout the province. Currently, the state of the sport is similar to the NFL’s Rag Days.
Not yet endorsed by Ontario University Athletics, women’s flag football is quickly growing in Ontario and may soon earn varsity status. Should that status ever become reality, Russell is one of the ground breaking stars that is owed a debt of gratitude.
8: Jessica Hopkins, BC Angels
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A mom and a personal trainer, Hopkins comes to BC from the Seattle Mist. Despite a .500 season in 2011 with the Mist, she was named the team captain.
After the 2011 LFL season, Hopkins was the winner of the Mortaza Award (named after LFL Commissioner Mitch Mortaza), and a finalist for the Lingerie Football League's Most Improved Player award.
Throughout the first three games of the season, Hopkins leads all players in LFL Canada with 21.5 tackles. She has also competed in Women's Figure competitions, she won the Presidential Fitness Award as a teenager and participated in the 200-meter dash at the Jesse Owens Games.
In a November 2011 match, Hopkins was part of a wardrobe malfunction. Despite having her bottom exposed for a few seconds, she pulled her uniform back up and ran to the 5-yard line in the hopes of scoring a touchdown. Many of the fans in attendance responded with a standing ovation.
7: Alicia Bell, Toronto Triumph
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An elite personal trainer, Bell also has a heart of gold. The graduate from Dalhousie University has also been involved with PETA.
On December 7, 2011, Bell and three other Triumph teammates stood across the street from the famed Eaton Centre shopping mall in their LFL uniforms and were part of a campaign for the world renowned charity.
Along with several Toronto Triumph teammates, the fact that they were out on the street near the beginning of the winter solstice, displays the toughness and courage required to play in the LFL.
6: Anne Erler, Saskatoon Sirens
Erler donning the Saskatoon Sirens colors (left) and the Green Bay Chill colors (right)
Quite possibly the most attractive football player to have ever worn the #19, Erler is a US import playing with Saskatoon. She hails from Titletown, USA, better known as Green Bay, Wisconsin.
As a quarterback with the Green Bay Chill, Erler is equally stunning in their green and gold uniforms. The 5'9 beauty threw for 279 yards with the Chill during the 2011 season, and ran for 139 yards, while making two interceptions.
With Saskatoon, she made a huge impact in a 44-22 road victory over the Toronto Triumph. Her four touchdown passes were only part of her prime time performance. She also contributed on the defensive side by making three interceptions. She was awarded game MVP honors.
5: Ashley Richter, Regina Rage
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The 25-year-old from Regina has yet to hit her stride. At 5'6", the wide receiver has found herself making contributions to the top ranked Rage defense. In the first three games of the season, Richter has made four solo tackles.
Like teammate Kylie Rossler, the two played NCAA Division I hockey. While Rossler competed for the Robert Morris Colonials and the Mercyhurst Lakers, Richter was a member of the Vermont Catamounts.
In her first two seasons with Vermont, the stay-at-home defender logged one point. She is also a hockey referee and has been involved with officiating duties and Canadian Under-18 National girls tournaments.
4: Stephanie Manou, BC Angels
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In her debut for the BC Angels, Manou logged a superlative 108 rushing yard effort in a 41-14 defeat of the Regina Rage.
Twice this season, she has won Player of the Game honors. On October 12, she was part of a feature story in various Sun Newspaper Chain publications, which discussed her work as a personal trainer.
A former rugby player for the University of British Columbia, Manou was also a cheerleader for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Through the first three games of the season, Manou led all players in LFL Canada with 313 rushing yards.
Her five touchdowns are a key reason the Angels enjoy a first place lead. Manou has established herself as a key favorite for Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.
3: Heather Furr, Saskatoon Sirens
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Quite possibly the most accomplished US import to compete in LFL Canada, she is also one of its most attractive.
If her beauty did not make an impression on Saskatoon fans, her superlative play certainly has. Throughout the first three games of the season, Furr has 73 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown on the offensive side of the ball.
On defense, she is a safety and has made 10 solo tackles and returned 1 interception 20 yards.
Along with teammate Anne Erler (another US import), the two are affectionately known to Sirens fans as Furrler. Having played with the Chicago Bliss in the US division of LFL, she threw for 166 yards and rushed for 110 yards in the 2010 campaign. Canadian fans may wish to keep the stunning US import.
2: Kylie Rossler, Regina Rage
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The All-Canadian girl next door, Kylie Rossler is the most talked about rookie in LFL Canada. Prior to football, Rossler was a prominent hockey player that competed in College Hockey America with the Robert Morris Colonials and the Mercyhurst Lakers.
A two time CHA regular season and postseason champion, Rossler would like to continue to add to her championship collection.
The native of Regina had her finest hour when she ran for 85 yards and one touchdown in an upset of the undefeated Saskatoon Sirens. Rossler is certainly one of the cornerstones upon which the Rage will continue to build their budding franchise.
1: Andrea Cecchini, Regina Rage
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Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, Cecchini is a mother of two children. While some fans may be quick to call her a MILF, they would be well warned not to say that in front of her fiancee, Brent Hawkins, a defensive end with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Statistically, the 24-year-old has been a key contributor to the Rage defense. Through the first three games of the campaign, she is second in the league in sacks.
With 13 solo tackles (including two of them for a loss), Cecchini is quickly emerging as a leader. Her enthusiasm in contagious and is a great example of the momentum that LFL Canada is maintaining.