Ex-Falcons and Eagles QB Michael Vick joining flag football league

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Michael Vick played primarily for the Falcons and Eagles in the NFL, but he’s now going to try out something entirely new: The American Flag Football League. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell:

“Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is coming back to the gridiron in a new professional flag football league that is testing out the concept in a game next month. The American Flag Football League, which aims to launch eight league-owned franchises in 2018, is hosting a game featuring Vick and former NFL running back Justin Forsett at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, on June 27.”

The man behind the league is Jeff Lewis. He has a son who was in his own flag football league. While Lewis was watching those games, he decided that there may be a market for high-level pro flag football. He said:

“I just thought to myself, ‘what would this look like if great athletes played this?’ There’s certainly a huge pool to take guys from. Every single year, NFL teams cut 800 guys. We need less than 100 players to field eight teams.”

Games will still be 60 minutes long, just like in the NFL, and the field will be the same 100-yard stretch of grass. However, they’ll have seven-man teams and magnetic flags with sensors showing exactly where a player is down.

Lewis did note that it may not just be NFL castoffs who join, saying:

“We’ll try to find a 60-year-old guy with a beer gut who can stand in and be a quarterback of one of our teams.”

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