Monique Gaxiola goes from Mortaza Award recipient to newest star in LFL Australia

One of the pioneers in LFL US, Monique Gaxiola’s greatest legacy in the sport may be the three championships she earned with the Los Angeles Temptation. As part of the first dynasty in LFL history, the 26 year-old is an energetic and remarkable athlete whose star shines brightly with every season.

After a 2013 campaign that saw the Temptation unable to make it four titles in a row, there was a silver lining for the Middle Linebacker. Despite a heartbreaking postseason loss to the eventual champion Chicago Bliss, she was named to the Western Conference All-Fantasy Team.

Photo credit: Mark Rigney, Obtained from: https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueGaxiolaLFL

Photo credit: Mark Rigney, Obtained from: https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueGaxiolaLFL

An even bigger honor would follow as Gaxiola earned the prestigious Mortaza Award. Recognizing hard work, sportsmanship and dedication, it was a well-deserved accomplishment in her storied career that complements her 2011 Comeback Player of the Year Award.

During the 2013 Los Angeles Temptation season, she logged 14.5 tackles, of which 10 were solo efforts. Complemented by five tackles for losses and an interception returned 36 yards for a touchdown, the defensive stalwart was a key factor in a punishing defense that gave up 87 points (third lowest in LFL).

Image by: Hans Gutknecht

Image by: Hans Gutknecht

Gaxiola (known affectionately as The Gax) is now taking her remarkable talents and leadership skills down under. With LFL Australia beginning in December 2013, she will be one of the newest members of the New South Wales Surge.

In December 2012, Gaxiola and LA teammate Danielle Harvey vacationed in Australia and had the opportunity to visit a training sessions that the Surge held. Chloe Butler, the first Australian woman to compete in LFL US played with Gaxiola on the Temptation.

Celebrating a league title win, Photo by Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Celebrating a league title win, Photo by Ethan Miller, Getty Images

With Butler one of the big stars on the Surge roster, the opportunity to play again with Gaxiola relieves the burden of leadership on her. For fans in Australia, they will have the opportunity to see why she is one of the best players in LFL’s history. Although there will be other US players competing in Australia, Gaxiola’s reputation as a motivator and dedicated to conditioning could result in winning the first-ever LFL Australia championship.

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