In a season that has seen the Atlanta Steam rise to the upper echelon of indoor female football, an exciting rookie crop injected optimism into a franchise that entered a crossroads after several off-season changes. While Dakota Hughes stole the show as a rookie sensation at quarterback, one of the most charismatic players may have been fellow freshman Jenny Mac.
While there is no denying that the 24 year-old Mac has film star looks, it is the look that she brings to the gridiron that has established her as a competitor to take very seriously. Decorated in white makeup with black on her lips and eyes, she is hard to ignore. Known affectionately as the Skull Kid, her look is akin to former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley, who used to wear black makeup as a tribute to one of his favorite rock stars, Alice Cooper.
It is an enthusiasm for the game that is quickly establishing her as a fan favorite. While teammate Holly Oakes was featured in a 2013-dated calendar featuring indoor women’s football players, Mac may certainly warrant strong consideration should a 2015 edition reach print.
A wide receiver and a defensive end, the 5’10” Mac was one of the tallest competitors on the team. Statistically, her biggest impact was on the defense, recording 6.5 total tackles. Of note, four were solo efforts while one was for a loss. Although her numbers were not good enough to crack the top five, a member of that group is someone for Mac to look up to.
Providing solid play on both ends of the ball, Coco Montgomery ranked second in receiving and third in total tackles, while leading the team in interceptions. Should Mac manage to emulate such performance in 2015, reaching her potential as an elite wide receiver, it may prove to be the difference between the franchise competing for a championship and winning one. There is no question that she may be the next great Steam player to achieve an All-League selection.
With great potential, Mac was part of a feel-good story for indoor female football. In a season that saw the Steam welcome many new faces and a new coach (who would go on to win Coach of the Year honors), they were one of only two franchises to start the year at 3-0. Ironically, the other club was the Chicago Bliss, whom the Steam would face in the championship game.
Although the title game did not bring the desired result for Mac and her Steam mates, it was certainly a coming-out party, establishing the Steam and its players among the elites of the gridiron. Not only did the Skull Kid persona reach a much larger audience, but her presence at the awards ceremony made an impression. Many female football fans in social media named her the best dressed at the event. Perhaps next year, she will enjoy an award nomination to complement her style. Certainly, fans are hoping that the next chapter of the Jenny Mac Story is one filled with future glories.