Angela Rypien Fills Mark’s Shoes Under Center
October 13th, 2011| by Lost Lettermen
This story also appears on Yahoo! Sports.
Father-son quarterback duos are nothing new to pro football.
Look no further than the Mannings (brothers Peyton and Eli and father Archie), the Simms (Chris and Phil), the Grieses (Brian and Bob) and coming soon, the Lucks (Stanford quarterback Andrew and his dad, Oliver).
But a father-daughter combination of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien and his little girl, Angela, who is now the starting quarterback for the Lingerie Football League’s Seattle Mist?
Well, that’s a little more unusual.
And in her first career game for the Mist on Sept. 30 while donning her dad’s old No. 11, Angela showed she also has what it takes to be under center. She threw three touchdown passes in a 42-8 win over the expansion Green Bay Chill, coached by former Packer Gilbert Brown.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I did very well at all,” the 20-year-old Rypien said earlier this week in her distinctive raspy voice. “I left that game not really satisfied that I did my best.“
Mark, who was in the crowd, was a lot more positive. He said his daughter’s debut performance “far surpassed my expectations” and that his biggest concern was a personal foul penalty Angela picked up in the first half.
“They said I punched a girl but I didn’t punch her – I only forearmed her,” Angela said defiantly.
Of course, there’s one question that immediately comes to your mind when you hear Angela is playing Lingerie football: “What would her father think?”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been just like, straight up, ‘Hey dad, what do you think about me playing in my underwear?’” Angela said.
The elder Rypien still doesn’t sound thrilled about it, but it also doesn’t appear to bother him either.
“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.”
Mark said he long ago learned how to block out inebriated football fans in the crowd, which he now undoubtedly has to do again. Despite inappropriate things fans might say during games, Mark’s not worried about getting into it with someone who catcalls his daughter during a game – or worse.
“There’s no chance of (a fight) happening,” Mark said. “One, some guy (would) probably whoop my a** out in the parking lot. What good’s that gonna do? And if I did whoop his a** in the parking lot, what good’s that gonna do? I’ll get a lawsuit against me.”
Angela also got a dose of what her father dealt with on Mondays during his 11-year NFL career after going to Washington State when she woke up the morning after the game in serious pain, especially from a blind-side hit she incurred.
“I have never hurt that bad, like, in my life,” Angela said. “My body was in extreme physical pain. But it was fine… Other than the whiplash, I just didn’t really want to move. You know, it was hard because I wanted just to sit on the couch all day or get in the hot tub and then I had to chase my two-year old around, so that didn’t help at all.”
Angela grew up playing pretty much every sport imaginable and was even part of a boy’s hockey team. But the irony of Angela’s pro football career is that her day job (she is not currently paid to play in the Lingerie league) is at the opposite end of the career spectrum: Being a personal stylist.