Nominated for the 2013 LFL Rookie of the Year Award and for the Offensive Player of the Year Award, Anna Heasman had a breakout season for the Green Bay Chill. The Receiving Leader in the Legends Football League, it was part of a campaign that helped to provide the franchise with optimism for the future.
Originally from Nelson Bay in New South Wales, Australia, Heasman has proven to be a welcome addition to the Chill. Her 18 receptions accounted for 41 percent of the Chill’s total receptions, while her 246 receiving yards accounted for 44 percent of the receiving corps. Leading the team in both categories, the second-best receiver was Hallie Jiskra (an LFL All-Fantasy selection) with 6 receptions and 114 yards. In addition, she would contribute on defense with 5.5 total tackles.
Heasman quickly became a fan favorite among Chill fans. Joining Jessica Tomochek and Jessica Peyton, they were guests on the WakeUp morning show on FOX6. Finishing the season as the LFL receiver in receptions, yards per game and touchdowns, she captured the imagination of teammates and rivals alike throughout the LFL.
As a weapon for elite quarterback Anne “Showtime” Erler (who would win the LFL Offensive Player of the Year Award), it helped make the Chill postseason contenders. As the Chill’s 210 offensive yards per game and 133 passing yards per game ranked first in the league, Heasman added an exciting dimension to the offense.
Her coming out party would come in the third game of the season for the Chill on June 22. In a 40-32 road loss to the Las Vegas Sin, the contest would prove to be one of the greatest in league history. Heasman would set an LFL record with five touchdowns in one game. After Carmen Bourseau provided the Sin with a 6-0 advantage, Erler hooked up with Heasman for a 35-yard score.
Fellow Rookie of the Year nominee Kelly Schroeder replied for Las Vegas with her own touchdown. Once again, Heasman would prove to be the answer as Erler found her for a three-yard scoring play. After halftime, Green Bay would hold a 20-18 lead as Heasman scored the first touchdown of the half.
Despite Sin quarterback Nikki Johnson and Erler holding one of the finest gunslinging exhibitions in LFL history, Heasman stole the show as her fourth touchdown (a 13-yard pass) tied the game at 26 apiece. Johnson would reply with her powerful legs, running 35 yards for a touchdown run and the lead once again.
Not discouraged, the Heasman and Erler show continued. With Green Bay struggling on the rush, Heasman provided Erler with a reliable target. As Erler picked apart the defense, she would conclude another successful drive by connecting with Heasman for her record setting fifth score. Although Johnson would find Maddie McCoy for the game-winning touchdown, Heasman gained the respect of all in attendance at the match.
While fans hope she returns for the 2014 season, another group of fans are eagerly hopeful that Heasman is not finished playing in 2013. With LFL Australia kicking off on December 6, fans are hoping that Aussie native Heasman will decide to play a little longer this year. Should she decide to join the league in its inaugural season, it would certainly provide fans and players alike with another incentive to look forward to the league’s launch.