WYALUSING - Area women learned about the basics of football Sunday at the Gridiron for Gals event in the Wyalusing Community Building in Wyalusing.

But there was someone else in the room who had taken his knowledge of the game to an unusual height.

Manning a booth at the event for Wyalusing High's football booster club was Wyalusing resident Lincoln Welles, who had been a paid player during one season in the mid-1970s for the Philadelphia Bells team in the World Football League, and then had been invited to try out for the New York Jets.

He said he tried out as a punter for the Jets for two weeks in 1976, when Joe Namath was the quarterback, but was told he didn't make the cut by the team's head coach, Lou Holtz.

The Gridiron for Gals event, which lasted three hours, was an opportunity for area women to shop at 20 vendors' booths, eat, taste wines - and also learn about the basics of football.

Carol Goodman, president of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, said the event is a kind of "girls' day out."

At the event, 30 women heard a half-hour power-point presentation on the basics of football by the new head football coach at Wyalusing High, Jim Buchman.

Buchman said he also told the women how exercising and weightlifting not only helps football players prepare to play, but could benefit the women's health, too.

Buchman's presentation included a five-minute question-and-answer session.

Gridiron for Gals is a fun event that gives women some vocabulary and some knowledge about football that they could use when talking to their significant other or other people about the game, according to the chamber of commerce.

Dianne Miller of Elmira, N.Y., said she thought Buchman did a good job. "It was nice and brief," she said.

Miller said she recently returned to the United States after living in Canada for 12 years, where she had forgotten some aspects of the game.

Miller said that Buchman "confirmed some things" about the game and also reminded her of a couple of things that she had forgotten.

Welles had given the presentation on football at last year's Gridiron for Gals event.

In the past, Welles has served as the head football coach at Wyalusing High, and he continues to coach for the school on a volunteer basis.

Gridiron for Gals took place in the Tuscarora Wayne Community Room.

Among the vendors were Pampered Chef, Jamberry Nails, and Lia Sophia.

Gridiron for Gals, which was sponsored by the Ram Zone sports bar in Wyalusing, was hosted by the chamber of commerce.

The chamber of commerce plans to continue holding the event each year, Goodman said. This is the third year it has been held.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com