Angela Rypien, daughter of former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, was named the “hottest” Legends Football League (formerly the Lingerie Football League) athlete of all time in a list unveiled by the league and TMZ Sports.
The field included 1,600 women throughout the sport’s three leagues in Australia, Canada and the U.S.
While this may seem like blatant click bait - Um, okay, it is – it’s also an opportunity to reflect on Rypien’s place in a growing sports league and how her father feels about it.
The younger Rypien made her LFL debut for the Seattle Mist in 2011 in a a 42-8 rout of the Green Bay Chill.
Mark Rypien, MVP of Super Bowl XXVI, told Yahoo! at the time the legitimacy of the game helped him deal with the spectacle of his daughter playing in a lingerie league.
“I think everybody that really gets on the field and watches the gals warm up — the ones that come there to support their team or to see what it’s all about, kind of get that, ‘Yeah, they’re out there in their bra and panties and they’re playing football,’” Mark said. “[But] once the first snap happens and they start smacking each other around, you lose sight of all of that and you’re looking at the technical aspects of the game.”
Last year Angela Rypien suited up for the Baltimore Charm, a franchise coached by her father’s former receiver, Gary Clark.
The Baltimore Sun caught up with father and daughter again, and Mark Rypien told the paper the league was a progressive opportunity for its athletes.
“Once I started looking at pictures of their gear and how they are dressed, as a father you are a little bit concerned,” he said. “But the league has given women something to dream about, something they weren’t able to do 20 years ago. It’s a great opportunity for these young ladies.”
Give this to the LFL. The league knows how to promote itself. This NFL Films-styled recap has the requisite score, a John Facenda impression and a redemption narrative.
The Charm won the Northeastern division with, but lost to the Philadelphia Passion in the playoffs. Angela Rypien battled for playing time with Morgan Spencer - who posted the highest passer rating in the league - and has since decided to return to the Mist.
In the meantime, she’s training her right arm.-REDSKINS-
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.