TAMPA (FOX 13) - Sun up to sun down, it's an all-out blitz for the women of the Tampa Bay Inferno. These ladies tackle their jobs during the day, and at night, they're improving their tackling technique.
"We've got full pads, full gear, helmet, and the intensity is something that surprises people a lot," said Inferno middle linebacker Jennifer Teeters. "It's fun to come out and participate."
The Inferno are part of the growing Women's Football Alliance, a full-contact league for women. They come out to play because they want to.
"My husband doesn't want me to play," said defensive end Camille Huntley. "He thinks it's a dangerous sport, but I love it. I love it, I love it."
This isn't a watered-down version of football. The Inferno bring the heat. This is the same game the men play.
"I know what they go through, but we're just as tough as them," said Huntley.
"There is no difference when it comes to toughness as far as the men and the women go," said head coach Melvin Woodall. "These women take this sport serious. They're physical. They're athletic."
They're also doctors, veterinarians, and military personnel who don't take any time-outs.
"I'm a mother, I work, I'm a wife," continued Huntley. "It takes a lot to be here. A lot."
"We don't get paid so it's a good time," offered Teeters. "We all have full-time jobs, too. We come out here after work."
They play for the love of the game. And through their game, they hope to show others football isn't just a man's sport.
"That's what we're here for," added Huntley. "Hopefully to change their minds, so that they understand that we're just as tough as them and it can be done."