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Women Learn And Love Football During 'Football 101'


The four-year veteran teaches the art of quarterbacking.

Football may be a game played by men, but women can appreciate the game just as much.

On Monday the Green Bay Packers helped women develop that love for the gridiron as they hosted 'Football 101, an NFL Workshop for Women,' an interactive evening for women to learn everything the from the rules of football to the intricacies of the play calls.

"I loved it," said Jean of Green Bay, Wis. "It was great."

A passionate fan, Jean already had a good understanding of football but learned the role of the nickel and dime cornerbacks.

WTMJ-TV's Jessie Garcia and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Lori Nickel led the evening's activities, which included a welcome reception, a general lecture about football, a question-and-answer session, a behind-the-scenes tour of Lambeau Field and a clinic at the Don Hutson Center.

Garcia and Nickel hosted the general lecture while Colin Cole, Craig Nall, B.J. Sander and their wives participated in the Q&A session and drills portion. Al Harris and Scott Wells provided further instruction during the clinic portion of the evening.

"It's real cool to have players up in front and be able to ask them questions," said Deb of Appleton, Wis., who sported a "Real Women Love Football" t-shirt. "Normally you'd never get a chance to do that."

Other attendants mentioned how they learned which numbers correspond to which positions and why teams can decline penalties.

A portion of the proceeds from 'Football 101' benefited the Packers Women's Association (PWA), a non-profit organization whose main focus is "teaming up with the community."

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