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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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.

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