Natalie Jahnke of the Los Angeles Temptation emerging as a pop culture icon

As the Legends Football League continues to grow, one of its remarkable talents is Natalie Jahnke. More than just an athlete, she is a pop culture icon that you have likely seen as a spokesperson for Harley Davidson. With a background in both marketing and modeling, she has brains to complement her beauty.

February 5, 2012: Post-game jubilation for Jahnke after a 28-6 triumph over the Philadelphia Passion (Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
February 5, 2012: Post-game jubilation for Jahnke after a 28-6 triumph over the Philadelphia Passion (Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, the blonde haired 24 year-old is the ultimate California Girl. Towering in at 5’10”, Jahnke is a three-time LFL champion with the Los Angeles Temptation. Prior to her gridiron glories, other athletic endeavors included softball, basketball and competing in roller hockey against boys.
Natalie Jahnke and Allison Steinkamp are the Harley Davidson Racing girls. Shot at Raceway Sonoma, NHRA Nationals. Image by : Robert Redmond
Natalie Jahnke and Allison Steinkamp are the Harley Davidson Racing girls. Shot at Raceway Sonoma, NHRA Nationals. Image by : Robert Redmond

Donning number 16 for the Temptation, she competes primarily at the center position. While it may be one of the most thankless positions in all of football, she is an integral component in ensuring that the Temptation’s high-powered offense runs smoothly.

Testament to her popularity as a player is the fact that she is one of the LFL’s ambassadresses during their highly popular global tours. Having visited exotic locales such as Manila in the Philippines, the 23 year-old has also done interviews about the LFL for Playboy Brazil. Of note, she has also assisted in LFL Canada with game day production.
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Her drive to succeed coupled with ambition not only makes her an ideal teammate but a role model for young female athletes. She embodies the empowering concept that a female athlete can be competitive while remaining feminine (LFL players do wear make-up for games).

Although Jahnke is not a brand name (just yet), her down to earth attitude and positive outlook on life generates positive energy. Highly motivated, it is only a question of time before her star shines even brighter. For now, LFL fans are happy to have her gracing the gridiron as a strong woman that proves dreams can come true.

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Author: markstaffieri

A proud supporter of women in sport. My influences in covering women's sport include Andria Hunter and Jaclyn Hawkins. Both are former women’s hockey players who created their own websites, providing a deeper insight for their respective sport. Unable to identify with multi-millionaire male athletes, the role of women in sport is one that provides inspiration while preserving the spirit of sportsmanship. My first exposure to women and sport came through Geraldine Heaney and her legendary goal at the 1990 Women's World Hockey Championships. By composing player profiles on women from all sports, it is my opportunity to give back to the female sporting community by showing gratitude for their hard work and effort. While women's hockey opened the door to a larger yet remarkable world of sport, the quantum leap in women's football and global growth of women's basketball have only helped to fuel my interest in the female game. Some of the athletes that I admire include Caroline Ouellette and Natalie Spooner (hockey), Lolo Jones (track), Connie Fekete and Sami Grisafe (football) plus Anne Erler and Heather Furr (LFL football). Other athletes consist of Sue Bird and Katie Smith (basketball) along with Barbara Mervin and Heather Moyse (rugby). In addition to my efforts on WordPress, I have also contributed to Bleacher Report, the Canadian Women's Hockey League, Hockey Canada, LFL Canada and Women's Hockey Life.

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