The Iowa Ladies Football Academy set record-breaking numbers on Saturday: $346,613 raised for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and 414 total participants, including almost all of the players from the Iowa football team.
One of those 414 participants? KCCI's Cynthia Fodor.
The two-time Emmy award-winning reporter and current anchor for the CBS-affiliate television news station in Des Moines joined Travis Justice and Heather Burnside on Monday morning on 1460 KXnO's "The Morning Rush." Fodor discussed the range of activities and drills she participated in at the sixth annual event, such as touring the indoor practice facility, Kinnick Stadium and taking their skills to the gridiron.
Through seven hours at the event, Fodor learned what life is like for Hawkeye players, saying she has "a whole new respect for college football players."
"They're in meetings since 6:45 in the morning. They train six days a week and are in meetings till 10 o'clock at night. It's like, 'When do these guys ever study?', " Fodor said on the show.
Once on the field, Fodor and participants broke up into stations and participated in certain drills like throwing and catching a football, punting and kicking the ball to even putting on the full uniform.
She admitted she had some difficulty trying to take the pads and jersey off.
"It was so tight on my arms," Fodor said, laughing as she recalled the moment. "They were pulling it off my head and I was rolled over on the ground face-first. It was brutal. I'm like, 'I'm going to be stuck in this thing forever.' "
Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event, which is slated for June 10, 2017. Fodor recommends it.
"It's just entertaining to watch everybody and be with everybody, she said. "If you love the game, and even if you don't, you learn so much it's like Football 101."