The NFL and IFAF announced that Drew Brees will headline the most recent list of NFL Legends to become Global Flag Football Ambassadors. LeCharles Bentley, Tony Richardson, Elisa De Santis and Bobby Taylor are also among the latest to be added to the team of men and women, including current American and flag football players, Legends, coaches and officials, as ambassadors who will work together to further raise the profile and promote the unique values of one of the world’s fastest-growing sports.
“I am excited about the opportunity to help the NFL grow the great game of flag football throughout the world,” said Brees. “Flag football prioritizes a way to learn, practice and play the game, while also emphasizing the values of hard work, character and sportsmanship. The many positives that come out of flag football are why I have become heavily involved in starting my own youth co-ed league nationwide.”
The Flag Football Ambassadors team – first announced ahead of the NFL’s 2022 season – supports the combined global efforts of the NFL and IFAF to increase awareness, interest and participation in flag football internationally.
Earlier this year, the NFL announced the transformation of the Pro Bowl, renaming the event as the Pro Bowl Games. Coming up, USA Football and IFAF will hold the 2023 IFAF Americas Continental Flag Football Championship in Charlotte from July 5-7.
Flag football is poised for even greater expansion as the cornerstone of the NFL’s domestic and international participation and development strategies. Momentum is growing behind the sport following its debut at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama last year. The IFAF is preparing to launch the biggest-ever cycle of elite international flag competition, including full continental representation for the first time in 2023.
The newest members of the Global Flag Football Ambassador team are:
The global appeal of these international athletes highlights the scope and ambition of the group to grow the game worldwide but also points to the impact international players have on the game.
Among the previously announced ambassadors with international ties:
“NFL Flag is a tremendous opportunity for young athletes to fall in love with the game while building transferable life skills like teamwork, communication, and goal setting that they will carry with them throughout life,” said Bentley.