BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Fire is not just a team name. For quarterback Courtney Billingsley, it’s a name that means strength.
“We have a lot of women on this team that is full of fire, adrenaline, you know, just excited to prove that we are capable of doing this," Billingsley, a Birmingham native, said.
This is the first season for the Alabama Fire, which is part of a new women’s professional football league Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC).
“It’s a dream come true, I love it. It’s a passion of mine personally, getting out on the field and producing big numbers, it’s everything to me, I love football,” said Alabama Fire defensive tackle Shardonay Jenkins.
There are more than 40 women on Alabama Fire’s roster, and all of them are passionate about one thing: Tackling.
“It gives you an adrenaline rush. I was nervous at first, but after the first hit you just get back up,” said Billingsley.
The WNFC plays by the same rules as the NFL. The Alabama Fire is just one of 15 teams in this league across the nation. One of Alabama Fire’s goals is to create awareness about equality for women in all sports.
“I mean, that’s why we’re out here. We’re breaking our necks to let everyone know that there is an opportunity for you, don’t give up, if you want it, you can do it,” said Jenkins.
“I don’t want to say we’re just as good, but we have the talent as well to compete whether it’s football, basketball, soccer, so I just want to say come out and give us a try and support, we will put on a show,” Billingsley said.
There are six regular season games and then playoffs. Alabama Fire is 1-1 and their last home game will be May 18th at Birmingham Southern College.