Women's Tackle Football Team Wants NFL to Notice Them

The Carson Bobcats are still clawing their way into the Southern California sports landscape, so there's still a bit of misconception.

"The first question I get is: 'Is it lingerie?'" one player said.

Not even close. The Bobcats are part of the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) completing a perfect 8-0 regular season. With no big contracts offered, most of the women have full time jobs and come from different backgrounds.

Marshall Crawford just took over coaching duties with the Bobcats, but he's seen what these women can do.

Though they're all great athletes, few of the team members have previous football experience.

Jane Brickman played in the WNBA. Vanessa Davis Goh was recruited to be a kicker. Dianna Alvarado, a former softball player, was invited by a cousin to a practice. Now she's become her son's role model.

"Living with lupus and I play football so he looks at me like, 'If mom can do it, I can't complain about anything when I'm playing,'" Alvarado said.


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Brickman is a five time cancer survivor and an entrepreneur, who like all her teammates, pays to be able to play. It's not easy to do, which is why the Bobcats would like the NFL to notice them.

"Teach us, the love that you guys have for the game," Brickman said. "Teach us some of the skills. We're not trying to take away."

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