Venus Williams getting attached to football

Tennis champion and part-owner of the Miami Dolphins Venus Williams appears at the Tide rooftop party in Miami Beach, Friday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Nekesa Moody)

February 5, 2010 6:43:56 PM PST
There's nothing like part-ownership in a pro football team to get you excited about the sport.

Venus Williams says she's becoming a bigger football fan since she and sister Serena became investors in the Miami Dolphins.

"My love of football has really grown. I've really gotten really attached to the sport," Williams said Friday. "I think football players are the ultimate athlete. I think tennis players are too, but we're not risking our lives out there."

Williams joined with Tide to host a rooftop party Friday attended by Terrell Owens, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union, Pete Wentz and sister Serena, among others.

Serena - who just won the Australian Open championship, as well as the doubles title with Venus - said she'd like to change football to see more dancing celebrations in the end zone after touchdowns. She also picked her favorite for the Super Bowl - the Indianapolis Colts.

That might mean good news for the New Orleans Saints, though: "I keep rooting for the losing team, so this could be trouble."

Wentz also was rooting for New Orleans because he loves the city, but admitted that he's not much of a football fan: "I only recently found out as of two nights ago that I like a sport other than soccer, and that's basketball."