As the Women’s Indoor Football League evaluates talent and looks to fill its various rosters, the quarterback position remains the key for the success of every franchise. The Washington Wildcats may have done more than just find their starting quarterback, but quite possibly the face of the league.
Tia Knipper gives the Wildcats an opportunity to emerge as strong postseason contenders. Measuring in at 5’7”, her rocket arm should wow the WIFL fans. Her first foray into football came when she competed in boys football in junior high school.
Originally signed by the Fayetteville Fighters, her rights were traded to the Wildcats when Fayetteville opted to launch only in 2015. With former Gold Gloves boxer Cara Vargas as the anchor of Washington’s defense, Knipper brings stability to the offensive side of the ball.
During 2013, Knipper played with a franchise from Cleveland in another football league. In three games played, she would log 156 passing yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. In addition, her 136.9 passer rating would lead her team. The highlight of her season came when she logged a touchdown pass in the first victory in Cleveland franchise history, a 12-0 shutout against Omaha.
Having grown up in Garrettsville, Ohio, she is also involved in veterinary cardiology. With a background in soccer, softball and track, she is a well-rounded athlete with a desire to succeed. Accustomed to leadership roles, as she was a team captain in various high school sports, she is not afraid of being vocal. Such enthusiasm should prove to be infectious within the Wildcats.