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Brigid balances school, football and newfound celebrity

Posted: Friday May 5, 2006 12:22PM; Updated: Tuesday May 9, 2006 11:46AM
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By Brigid Mullen

People have been inquiring about how the Women's Professional Football League (WPFL) getting more national attention has affected my life. Well, it's been crazy, and it's only the beginning.

Brigid may be beautiful, but she has a passion for football.
Brigid may be beautiful, but she has a passion for football.
Photo Courtesy of Brigid Mullen

I feel like the combination of school, football, modeling, etc. has thrust me into a whirlwind of events. But all I can do is frantically email replies to people and try to keep my head in the books until this semester is over.

A lot of it is just talk right now, but some things are starting to fall into place. There have been job offers in marketing and finance; possible guest roles in upcoming movies; talk of TV shows; spokesmodel positions; radio interviews across the nation, and so on. I have even been advised to get an agent.

Well, until ESPN or Leno start calling, I think I'll take care of things myself for now. But most of this is happening because of women's football.

Speaking of football, practices are going great. We are finally outside on a field (no more running into walls when going out for a pass). Last Sunday, we worked a lot on defending the pass, general conditioning and technique. It was rainy and chilly, yet our coach could still be heard "praising the football gods" for the perfect weather. We even had people watching us practice, which was surprising but cool.

Our team really seems to be bonding, on and off the field. Sure, the person across from you is going to try to knock you into the ground, but then she is going to give you some pointers on how to prevent it from happening again. We help make each other stronger.

You can tell that the team has been working hard. People are starting to buff up, run faster, and jump higher. Most of our conditioning has been done on an individual basis or through programs at the team gym. I still prefer to work out at the campus gyms, but only because they aren't a 30-minute drive away. My personal workouts are getting more intense and usually consist of 1-2 hours of cardio and 45 minutes of lifting four or five days per week. It has been a difficult schedule to keep with school and work, but once summer starts, hopefully I can make it six days a week.

We are also starting to pick it up in terms of memorizing plays and developing our offense and defense. I had no idea how many different formations and play variations could come out of one playbook. I mean, a single pass pattern or blocking technique can have four or five different names. I have a newfound respect for the intelligence and reaction times of many college and NFL players.

I know that learning plays is a very important part of football, but I really just want to hit some people. Is that so wrong? (Wink.) It's getting ridiculous. Whenever I have free time at my apartment, I find myself turning on SportsCenter (even if it's just background noise while I study) or flipping through my Sports Illustrated. I'm even tempted to post the "inches speech" from the movie Any Given Sunday on my wall for inspiration. I've been watching the NFL Draft wrap-up shows and thinking about ways the new picks will affect who I choose for my fantasy team this fall.

I can see why millions of people are totally engulfed in this sport. I am in the process of taking down my Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson posters and replacing them with Brett Favre, Tom Brady, and LeBron James. (Yes, I realize LeBron plays basketball, but he is still one of the best athletes as far as I am concerned.)

There is a well-known saying that you should grab the bull by the horns and ride it out. Well, first off, I prefer to drive the bull, not ride it. Secondly, it's time to drive this bull right to the gym for a workout.

See you in two weeks.

To find out more about the WPFL, click here. If you have any questions or comments, you can email me at

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