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Minka Kelly, Marie Claire

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Minka Kelly is taking a timeout with Marie Claire @Play!

The cover girl is opening up about her sporty side, which came alive when she starred as a cheerleader on the hit football drama Friday Night Lights.

"I played in a girls' powder-puff game during the FNL days," Kelly admits. "I was the quarterback. The ball was snapped to me, and I jammed my finger! I think I'm a pretty tough girl—I like to get down and dirty. But I was like, ‘Man, I jammed my finger just catching the ball?' I didn't tell anyone and played through it."

The 33-year-old beauty admits her spiral throw "isn't perfect. At times it still looks like a watermelon floating through the air."

"I have a group of friends who always get together at each other's houses on Sundays during football season," the brunette beauty continued. "We cook, hang out, and watch the game. It's a fun time of year."

As for Kelly's favorite football team? "I'm a New England Patriots fan even though I'm from L.A.," she says, adding that her favorite player is "Tom Brady. He's a great team leader."

Minka Kelly, Marie Claire

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