Is the popularity of flag football giving a glimpse into the future of the NFL?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

During Pro Bowl week in Orlando, one would think the focus would be on the NFL players and the celebratory game played at the end of each season. But what I discovered is another extremely popular aspect of Pro Bowl week…Flag Football.

The Play Football Flag Football championship tournament is played during the same week, in the same venue. With the NFL embracing flag football, are we seeing what the future may bring to the professional levels?

Imagine, millions of kids between the ages of 7 to 14, all playing football. It’s every NFL owner and Roger Goodell’s dream. But the dream has had to change over the last decade. With injuries, CTE, and other issues that have faced professional football, the league has had to focus on how to make the game safer. Parents simply didn’t want their children to play a game that could damage their future. Enter in flag football.

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