June 15, 2024

FLORENCE, ORLANDO — You would think that, with the finest collection of tackle football players in history together in the Florida sun, winning the Lombardi Trophy would be their primary priority.

Now that flag football is a part of the Pro Bowl Games and will be played in both men’s and women’s divisions in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, how about a gold medal

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb stated, “I’m good with the gold medal, but I’d rather have the Lombardi.”

The Pro Bowl Games (3-6 p.m. ET, live on ESPN, ABC, ESPN+) could be decided by flag football games on Sunday.

Pro Bowlers reacted favourably to the notion of NFL players playing on an Olympic flag football squad this week, just as NBA players did when Olympic eligibility was extended to American professional basketball players in 1992.

“That’s a big deal,” safety Jessie Bates III of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded a career-high six interceptions in 2023, said. “For myself and many other guys, football has been a life-changing activity. If I could pull off a good play, I would absolutely [want to play].

Stefon Diggs, a receiver for the Buffalo Bills, stated that he would “a hundred percent” support participating. “Flag football should be appreciated,” he added. “We can include women as well, not only guys. They have long since taken control of the flag.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to get everybody playing one sport, representing America as a whole, and hopefully get a gold medal.”

This discussion raises another question: Which NFL players would be selected first to play on an Olympic flag football team?

“My first pick would be Tyreek Hill,” cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Hill’s Miami teammate, remarked. “In a 7-on-7, nobody can match that speed. Really, you can’t push [in flag]. It is not going to be possible for you to touch him. He’s going to have a blast.”

Tua Tagovailoa, Hill’s own quarterback, was one of his teammates who favoured him.

Tagovailoa remarked, “How do you chase a guy like that?” He’s racing around, it seems to me. ideal skill set. He

There’s no denying Hill’s speed or elusiveness. Hill provided three of the top ten quickest player speeds this season, according to Next Gen Stats. He and Lamb are tied for the most NFL receptions of 20 yards or more (29) and he has the most of any player with 148 of them since joining the league in 2016.

At Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Hill will be playing flag football.

However, he wasn’t the only name that kept coming up. Quarterback Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is another well-liked option.

The slippery Jackson was an obvious choice because quarterbacks in flag football can be blitzed, which allows them to scamper for yards.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stated, “You’ve got to go with Lamar after hearing some of the rules and how you can rush the passer.” “Guys have got to keep up with him.”

“You can’t have somebody back there who’s just going to be a statue,” Bates declared. Someone with mobility is a must have. My top choice would definitely be Lamar because he can run off if he gets a rusher.”

However, football consists of two units.

Darrell “Housh” Doucette, a quarterback for the USA Football men’s flag national team, said, “I talked about hip moves, dips, and flag pulling because a lot of the guys don’t understand.”

Naturally, a few defensive backs were unaware that it is impossible to jam receivers. “Wait, so how can I cover?” they said. One of the biggest issues facing the defence is realising they are unable to physically touch anyone.”

However, Madison Fulford, a receiver for the USA Football women’s national team, noted that some aspects of tackle football translate rather well.

Excellent route running, she exclaimed. “The conversion process is a little bit simpler for receivers. Just standing out in the open. There’s no need for you to worry about the jam. All you’re doing is adjusting things to fit the open field. I’ve found that as a DB, concentrating on the [receiver’s] hip is most effective. The hip won’t ever alter.”

Ultimately, there’s one thing that flag players and NFL players have in common—something that could eventually help NFL players thrive in the modified version of their sport.

“I enjoy rivalry,” Lamb remarked. “My goal is to compete here. I have no fear of anyone. It’s what I desire. It’s enjoyable.”

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