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Lingerie football player defends sport

Natalie Jahnke has been a member of the Los Angeles Temptation Lingerie Football League team for two years. She defends the league and the sport.
BY HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE Modified: November 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm •  Published: November 13, 2010

Natalie Jahnke is a 25-year-old research and development professional for a Los Angeles bridal company. She's a college graduate, a part-time model and the starting center for the Los Angeles Temptation, one of 10 teams in the Lingerie Football League.

Many Oklahomans were surprised by the league's announcement of plans to expand into Oklahoma City. Mayor Mick Cornett quickly dismissed the idea.

Despite Cornett's reaction, as of Friday evening, about 72 percent of readers who responded to a poll said they considered the prospective team a good thing for Oklahoma City.

Jahnke said she understands why some Oklahomans might be hesitant to welcome a lingerie football team into the state.

“If anybody can relate, I can,” she said. Raised as a conservative, religious Republican, she said her grandparents were shocked when they found out what she was planning to get involved two years ago.

With team names like San Diego Seduction, Dallas Desire, Orlando Fantasy and Philadelphia Passion, it's no wonder grandparents might have concerns about their granddaughter signing on to such a team.

“But then, once you watch two minutes of the game, you really realize that we're out there playing football,” she said.

Yes, she's out there playing football in an extremely revealing uniform — a pair of tight bikini trunks and a bra top with shoulder pads and a helmet. But Jahnke said the sport isn't all about sex appeal.

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