Tampa Bay football-playing moms hope to win national championship

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A group of talented football-playing moms from Tampa Bay could soon be making tackles in the national spotlight.

The Tampa Bay Inferno is the only undefeated National Women’s Football Conference team in the Bay area.

Very few know about the unmatched fire that drives these women to victory. During their regular season, the women gear up in full equipment, with full hearts to play the full contact sport.

This week, they are traveling to Philadelphia to play one more game. If they win their game on Saturday, they will move on to play in the final game of the National Women’s Football Conference.

Many of the women started playing for different reasons, but for Sandra Purvis it was about getting herself in shape.

“I lost 60 pounds, and I was able to keep it off for seven years,” Purvis said. “Keeps me healthy, keeps me in shape and I love it.”

The women said playing football has helped change the views of their family members who once perceived the game as a masculine sport.

“To see a little boy look at women’s football and think it’s amazing and cool that’s a big deal,” Nikki Whitehead said. “Because all they see [are] men athletes.”

These football playing moms said they try to teach their kids that their gender shouldn’t be what defines them.

“It’s not a matter of what you are in reference to gender, it’s what you’re capable of doing,” Maureen Jones said. “What are you willing to do? What do you want to do? What do you believe that you can do?”

The team’s coach said he believes these women can do anything. He describes them as pioneers changing the game of football.

The women said they’re hoping to bring a glorious win back to Tampa Bay, and we’re definitely rooting for them.

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