Anne “Showtime” Erler looks to propel Green Bay Chill into postseason

A 2011 road win against the Chicago Bliss resulted in Legends Football League history as the Green Bay Chill captured their first victory in franchise history. Led by quarterback Anne “Showtime” Erler, the win marked a great milestone for the franchise.

On August 10, 2013, Erler will look to provide heroics against Chicago once more. With Chicago sitting in second in the LFL Western Division, Green Bay is looking for a win to overtake them.

It should prove to be an emotionally-filled match for Erler and Furr. During the 2012 LFL Canada season, the two played together with the Saskatoon Sirens. Known affectionately to fans as Furrler, the duo led the Sirens to the best regular season record.

Erler was the league’s passing champion while Furr (her favorite receiving target) was the receiving champion. Although Furrler and the Sirens would lose to the BC Angels in the championship game, Erler would walk away as the first-ever LFL Canada Most Valuable Player.

The 2011 road win in which the Chill prevailed by a 36-34 tally put Erler and Furr in the spotlight as the two displayed their remarkable talents. With the remarkable legs of Erler, she would be the difference in the game as she accumulated three rushing touchdowns resulting in Green Bay marching out to a 28-14 lead. Chill starting running back Melissa DeJesus contributed with a pair of successful two-point converts.

While Furr and Harris brought the Chicago offense back into the game, tying the score, Erler showed tremendous grace under pressure. With the score deadlocked at 28-each, Erler masterfully led a superlative drive. Katie Zellner connected with Erler on a 12-yard touchdown with only 85 seconds remaining in the contest.

A two-point convert to Jessica Peyton would extend the lead to 8 points. Chicago quarterback Heather Furr took only 16 seconds to reply. She ran for a touchdown as there was 1:09 left on the clock. Looking to tie the score, Furr attempted to find Laura Petersen but was not successful. Proceeding with an onside kick, the Bliss were hoping to regain possession.

Recognized as that game’s Most Valuable Player, Erler will be a target for the Bliss in the August 10 contest. With all the intensity and drama of a playoff match, Erler will be needed to pass with precision and rush for crucial yardage.

Anne Erler (left) and Ana Heasman

Anne Erler (left) and Ana Heasman

Statistically, Erler is nothing short of remarkable this season as she leads the Chill in two key statistical categories; her 409 passing yards and 109 rushing yards pace all members of the Chill. Her 13 touchdown passes and three interceptions are complemented by a 136.3 passer rating.

Making a strong case as the 2013 LFL MVP, the six-foot tall Erler has a remarkable target in LFL receiving leader Anna Heasman. The 5’10” boisterous blonde receiver has a sparkling 196 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions, respectively.

Chicago’s offense is led by the tandem of Heather Furr and ChrisDell Harris. While Furr is the LFL’s passing leader with a sparking 206 yards, Harris is the leading ground gainer with 271 yards. Perhaps more impressive are the six touchdowns that Harris has accumulated.

ChrisDell Harris (left) and Heather Furr

ChrisDell Harris (left) and Heather Furr

Complemented by her 52 receiving yards, Harris has 323 combined yards of total offense, making her the league’s most potent weapon on offense. The 5’9” dynamo will need to be at the top of her game should the Force hope to clinch a postseason berth.

As Erler and Furr are both safeties, the two know each other so well that other variables will need to be exploited in order for either side to claim a victory. Regardless of the outcome, the presence of Furrler on the field shall stimulate interest from LFL fans on both sides of the border, as the clash of these two LFL titans is destined to make this emotional contest a soon-to-be classic.