QUICK 5 WITH Claire Ball, Chicago Bears UK

Claire Ball, Official Bears UK Connection
Claire Ball, Official Bears UK Connection

Come chat Bears and giveaways with me @clairedabear85

NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?

CB: I fell in love with American Football, and my love affair with Da (Chicago) Bears, started when I was 3 years old. My Dad (a Washington Redskins fan) got me into the sport. But my Mum has really encouraged me to become Claire Da Bear, a well known persona here in the UK among NFL fans, and really starting the whole giveaway thing.

NF: Priorities of Life: What are your top 3?

CB: That’s Easy! The 3 Fs – Friends, Fun & Football

NF: If you had any job in the world – what would it be, and why?

Me at Wembley
Me at Wembley

CB: I’d love to be a NFL fact checker for SKY or the BBC here in the UK, and get more women involved with the sport. There are so many passionate and knowledgeable fans here (I met Terrell Davis at an event in the UK and he told me I asked  some stellar questions that he didn’t expect from a UK fan or a female). I love being part of such an amazing community.

NF: How has your association with NFLFemale been a positive influence in your world?

CB: NFLFemale has been really supportive of my endeavours, and built a real network and Sisterhood that can be counted on. They have made me more confident and helped me express my thoughts and feeling about the sport over social media, knowing that I won’t be dismissed for just being a girl and what does she know. I know my girls have got my back.

Yes, I give all this away!
Yes, I give all this away!

NF: If you want to know the real side of sports legends, listen to their kids and grandkids. What do you hope others say about you?

CB: I would like to think people talk about my giveaways and generosity. That I’ve never abandoned my team – I’m a very loyal person. That I can take a good joke and don’t mind standing out from the crowd (My fan costume is a testament to that). As long as it’s nice stuff, I don’t mind what people say.

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