Down. Set. Hike. Why does the quarterback say that? What kind of drills do offensive linemen do to get ready for the game? What is the proper stance for a linebacker?
You can find the answers to those questions, and more, at Football 101 on Nov. 21. There is so much about football that we, as women, have not been able to experience first hand, but not for long. Football 101 is your chance to get out on the field with professional athletes to practice drills and ask questions.
Many women have a real interest in football, and how the game works. Many of us want to truly understand the game rather than simply watching for wins or losses. Football 101 is a great, and fun, way to learn about the game of football.
You don't have to aspire to be a student of the game to enjoy Football 101. It is also a great day out for the girls. Nov. 21 is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together and head to the stadium for something fun and different.
Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga and WTMJ-TV's Jessie Garcia again will team together to serve as emcees for the event. For Poppinga, the opportunity to give ladies his perspective on the game makes for a fun and rewarding evening.
"I like to see the reaction of the women who have fun and get a taste of what football is like for us," he said. "There are fun questions, and I really look forward to seeing a 70-year-old woman take off and really go after a tackling dummy during the drills."
Not only will the players and wives be teaching you a little bit about the game, but you will also have a chance to ask them questions about their lives. Daryn and I participated in this event a couple of years ago and had a great time. All of the women we met enjoyed asking questions and participating in drills. This is your chance to learn from the best and show off your football skills. You will get the opportunity to ask any question and feel confident in the fact that others are wondering about the same things.
Tara Davis, wife of former Packers player and current Director of Player Development Rob Davis, has participated in the Football 101 festivities in the past and will be helping out again this year.
"Growing up in Green Bay, I have always loved football," Davis said. What you might not know about Tara is that she used to direct her cheers toward the Chicago Bears, not the Packers. But she is back in our good graces now that she has been a loyal Packers fan for years.
"Rob calls me 'super fan' because I ask him so many questions about football to try to understand the game better," Davis explained. Just as Tara talks to Rob about football, you will get a chance to ask the professionals your football questions and talk to the wives about the role football plays in their lives.
Tara will be joined by others wives to answer your questions during a special question-and-answer session before you head over to the Don Hutson Center for a hands-on football experience with the pros.
Don't miss out on this fun event! Part of the proceeds will benefit the Packers Women's Association (PWA), which is a non-profit that gives back to the community.
"It's a fun, educational experience," added Poppinga. "Not many others have had the chance to experience life as a Green Bay Packers football player."
Tickets are still available and are priced at $65. Interested women may register by calling 920/569-7263. More information is available online here.
Associate sponsors for the event include Brakebush Chicken, Copps and Pick 'n Save.
Megan Colledge, wife of Packers offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, will be providing regular updates on Packers.com of the many PWA events and activities throughout the 2009 season.