The football players on the Des Moines Blaze aren't in it for fame and fortune, though they appreciate both, Blaze play for love of the game.
It's semi-professional football, where no one gets paid. For some, it’s an addiction, “can’t get off it, it's the worst drug ever," Ben Bell laughs.
For others it’s a chance to keep the dream alive, and no matter what your age or occupation, or background if you can play football, you can find a spot on the Blaze.
With practice 2-3 times a week and at least 10 games a season there's always the chance for injury.
"I hear it from my wife a lot, once a week there’s ...'what if you get hurt?' It’s definitely risky, but you only live once and this is what I love to do," Randy Blackford explains.
They love to play, but they also love to win. The Blaze are the 2-time defending MFA champs and they want more.