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They’re pretty in their underwear, but these are football players, not cheerleaders (mostly)

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Hot and athletic: the Lingerie Football League
Photo: Sarah Feldberg

It’s hard to look pretty while running 40-yard dashes, doing agility drills and crashing into a full-grown man almost twice your size. But that’s Lingerie Football League tryouts for you.

About 40 spandex- and sports bra-clad women showed up at the Las Vegas Indoor Soccer Complex August 15 for the Vegas expansion team’s first round of tryouts. The session included speed and vertical-leap tests, NFL-style football drills and far more mascara and cleavage than you usually see on the gridiron. Although the LFL played its first official league game just a year ago, it’s already expanding into every NFL market and then some. Commissioner Mitch Mortaza landed in Las Vegas looking for girls with that perfect blend of honest athleticism and natural attractiveness. Like their NFL counterparts, they have to be able to take a hit. Unlike the male pros, they have to look good doing it.

“I’ve never been so bruised in my life,” said Sarah Frechette of her first season in the LFL, during which the 5-foot, 7-inch, 107-pound safety played for the reigning champion Los Angeles Temptation. Now living part-time in Las Vegas and working at Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub, Frechette decided to try out for the Vegas squad, which will be assembled over the next six months and start league play in fall 2011. You can bet you’ll be seeing her when the local team pulls on its booty shorts for the first game.

As for the other women at tryouts, some seemed to fall a little too far on the swimsuit model end of the spectrum. “This is not fucking cheerleading camp!” Mortaza yelled as the women ran through their paces. “This is professional football!”

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