Measuring in at an impressive 5’10”, Alli Alberts had a tremendous rookie campaign which culminated in being nominated as the 2013 LFL Rookie of the Year. Given number one on the team’s roster, her performance this season may have proven she was truly the number one player for the Bliss.
After a season that saw Alli Alberts help the Chicago Bliss win their first-ever league title, another accolade soon followed. Selected from a field of over 250 LFL athletes in October 2013 to be the face of LFL Films’ “How to be an LFL Athlete”, this remarkable rookie is poised for superstardom.
For this All-American girl next door, it is a continuation in what has been a whirlwind year for the Bliss star. Just a few short years ago, she was attending dental school at the University of Illinois-Chicago playing co-ed flag football after a storied amateur athletic career.
Having first attended Washington University in St. Louis, she is no stranger to championships. As a member of the school’s volleyball team, she helped the squad to the 2007 national championship with a 3-2 win over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Bloomington, while being named Most Outstanding Player.
One year later, the honor of Second Team All-American plus Second Team CoSIDA Academic team would be bestowed upon her. Equally impressive was her superliatve performance for WU in trakc and field. A three-time All-American, she still holds the school record for the heptathlon.
Regarding her performance on the gridiron, she had a solid all-around game ranking third on the Bliss with 42 rushing yards. She would rush for three touchdowns, highlighted by an average of 3.5 yards per carry. As the leading receiver for the Bliss, she accumulated 147 yards and an astounding 5 touchdowns. Her 8 total touchdowns ranked second on the team only to ChrisDell Harris and her 13 total touchdowns.
Defensively, she was equally impressive, with 15 solo tackles, complemented by a sack and two interceptions. Her 17 total tackles ranked fourth on the Bliss.
Despite excelling on both sides of the game, Alberts still managed to receive a “Welcome to the LFL” moment. In her debut on April 19, the Bliss competed in their season opener versus the three-time defending champion Los Angeles Temptation. In the 31-18 loss, Alberts would suffer a concussion. After a touchdown by Chloe Butler provided the Temptations with a 19-12 lead, quarterback Ashley Salerno attempted to rush into the end zone on a two point conversion. She would lower her shoulder hitting Alberts in the jaw. While Salerno did not score, testament to Alberts’ talent, she would leave the game.
While her regular season culminated in a nomination for the 2013 LFL Rookie of the Year award, her greatest moment was yet to come. Competing in the Legends Cup against the Philadelphia Passion, it would serve as a coming-out party for her. Her presence on offense added that extra weapon for quarterback Heather Furr to lead the Bliss to the promised land.
After Laura Peterson picked off Passion quarterback Christy Bell’s first pass of the game, Alberts would capitalize on the turnover. On the first play of the drive, she cruised into the end zone for a 12-yard run, giving the Bliss a 14-0 lead. As time expired in the first half, Alberts scampered in from the 1-yard line for her second touchdown, padding Chicago’s convincing lead to a 27-6 margin at the half.
While Alberts has graduated from dental school and an ensuing residency is now the top priority, fans certainly hope that she will be back for another season. Although no athletic career can endure for an eternity, there is no doubt that Alberts has carved a remarkable legacy in the LFL. For the Chicago Bliss, her contributions in the Legends Cup not only established her legend but provided fans with a lifetime of memories, ensuring she will always be a Bliss member in their hearts and minds.