We've all seen father/son combos in pro football. The Mannings, the Simms, and the Grieses all come to mind. But a father/daughter combination? Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien and his daughter Angela, who is the starting quarterback for the Lingerie Football League's Seattle Mist, are the first in that group.
|Photo by: Charles Cortes|
Mark, who was in the crowd, was a lot more positive. He said his daughter's LFL debut performance "far surpassed my expectations" and that his biggest concern was a personal foul penalty Angela picked up in the first half. "They said I punched a girl, but I didn't punch her. I only forearmed her," Angela said.
|Photo by: B.J. Fleming|
Back home in Washington, Angela got inspired to play while she and her dad flipped through channels on the couch. Intrigued, she emailed the league for more information and joined the Mist at the end of last season, but did not play in any games.
"It's really funny because I feel like such a girly girl when I am working in cosmetology because it is," Angela said. "It's all about women and hair and makeup and fashion and everything like that. And the three nights a week we have practice, I feel like I can throw my sweats on and throw on my tennis shoes and run out the door with a bandana and go to football practice. So they're definitely complete opposites, but I kind of enjoy that."