Pro Bowl Day 2: Let the Flag Football Championships begin

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

What started out as a rainy, windy day in Orlando, ended with perfect temperatures, hot dance moves, and a whole lot of fun.

The NFC practice had to be moved indoors due to the weather. With that change, it allowed the NFC practice and the AFC practice to be held at different times, which allowed fans to be able to watch both conferences. Today I attended the AFC practice.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), DeShaun Watson (Houston), and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) took turns running plays with the team while head coach Anthony Lynn watched from a distance, letting coaches Gus Bradley and others take over.

The QBs ran a few running plays, but when they switched to passing plays, it seemed to turn into a game of keep away. The defense made their presence known by grabbing interceptions and blocking passes. Let’s just say, it was a good thing there weren’t any officials on the field. It was all in good fun and the players loved it.

Colts QB Andrew Luck running a play during the AFC practice. Pro Bowl 2019 photo: Dayna O’Gorman

There was a family feel today, as many players brought their friends and family with them to practice. Kids played on the field right along with the players, while families wandered the sidelines.

Tomorrow will be the last practice for both the NFC and AFC before the game on Sunday.

However, the main event of the day was the opening night of Play Football. Seven hundred flag football players descend on the Pro Bowl, to play for their Championship. These players got the chance to interact with current NFL players and NFL legends… and, of course, Snoop Dogg.

They were able to play games of skill including a 40-yard dash, foosball, armchair quarterbacking, and get a 360 picture taken. There was also an interview area where the players got to meet current NFL cheerleaders and practice their hand as being announcers.

The NSFFL Patriots at the Pro Bowl 2019 photo: Dayna O’Gorman

The kids range between the ages of 9-14 and teams are made up of boys, girls, and co-ed. Each team has won specific tournaments to make it to the 2019 Pro Bowl where there a champion will be crowned. The tournament starts Friday, January 25, with the semifinals and championship to be played on Saturday, January 26th.

There will also be a skills challenge for 50 high school seniors. Each high school coach nominated for the Don Shula Coach of the Year award was able to nominate one player from their team to compete in the challenge. Other players are from the surrounding area here in Florida.

A shout out to the NSFFL Patriots who were kind enough to chat with me for a minute at tonight’s event. Good luck, ladies. Go get ’em!

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