NFL FLAG IN THE NEWS

SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RUSSELL WILSON JOINS NFL FLAG AS CHAIRMAN

CHICAGO, January 31, 2020 – Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson has been named Chairman of NFL FLAG. The global partnership will focus on strengthening NFL FLAG domestically and expanding the league internationally.

In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX) President and former NFL safety Izell Reese to support league development and growth worldwide for both boys and girls. RCX is the official operating partner of NFL FLAG and produces some of the country’s premier youth sports events.

“Russell is a living example of the positive impact sports can have on young athletes,” said Reese. “He exhibits the qualities we want to instill in our youth on and off the field and shares NFL FLAG’s commitment to making sports accessible to all athletes.” 

Wilson has worked with the flag football organizations in China, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom to help spread awareness of the sport and get athletes engaged in the game at a young age.  He and his wife Ciara have used sports and music to connect with the local communities and inspire youth at an international level. 

NFL FLAG Co-Owner and Chairman Russell Wilson talks global expansion on Dan Patrick Show

“Russell's demonstrated character, leadership, and international experience will guide NFL FLAG as a global sport in which everyone can participate—Football for All,” said Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations. “Russell’s ability to bring people together and inspire the values of football will be transformational in growth and acceptance of American football around the world." 

“Participating in community events and organized sports as a child can offer countless physical, mental, and social benefits,” said Wilson. “These benefits should not be limited to athletes of any age, race, socioeconomic background or gender, and it’s important to create opportunities for boys and girls from all walks of life to be given these same advantages.  We want to create opportunities for kids around the world to experience and learn the sport of football and our hope is to grow the popularity of the sport on a global level.” 

Wilson will make his first official appearance as Co-Owner and Chairman at the NFL FLAG Summit in Nevada during the NFL Draft, where he’ll speak to NFL FLAG leagues from across the U.S. about new initiatives aimed to better support teams and expand NFL FLAG’s global footprint.  

REIGNING CHAMPS NAMED OFFICIAL OPERATOR OF NFL FLAG

RC Experiences is officially overseeing NFL FLAG leagues and tournament play beginning with the operation of the 2020 NFL FLAG Championships.

“One of our primary goals at the NFL is to continue to evolve and grow the game of football,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Youth and High School Football Strategy. “RC Experiences will play a vital role in providing the premier flag football experience, while growing NFL FLAG participation across the country."

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IZELL REESE TALKS BENEFITS OF NFL FLAG

With 93 NFL games as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos under his belt, Executive Director of NFL FLAG Izell Reese knows how flag football can instill teamwork, comradery and leadership in kids at a young age. 

Watch Izell talk about the benefits of flag football and how NFL FLAG is growing across the U.S. on the NFL Network show, Good Morning Football.