In 2017, the American Flag Football League (AFFL) was founded by Jeff Lewis. Lewis aimed for the league to be an alternative to the National Football League (NFL), as opposed to a replacement, with a lower risk of injury involved. The first official game was played between Team Vick (lead by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick) and Team Owens (lead by former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens) in June 2017. 2018 brought new players, coaches and opportunities. One of those opportunities lead the AFFL to MJP.
This year, the AFFL launched the 2018 U.S. Open of Football tournament! The tournament is an opportunity for players of all athletic backgrounds to play against former professional athletes and the best amateur athletes in the U.S. A single-elimination tournament with 128 teams of amateurs will advance one team to match up against the winner of four team of former professional athletes. Our very own Michael Johnson will co-captain a team with Justin Forsett to play against teams that include Michael Vick, Chad Johnson, Nate Robinson, Carlos Boozer and many other notable names.
MJP hosted the league and more than 48 professional athletes as part of the AFFL Pro Training days. The athletes and team captains sat for an overview of the AFFL rules and a huddle to review the playbook. This was the first time some of the teams were getting to meet some of their teammates. The remaining time for these athletes was spent regaining their footing on the football field and running plays to help prepare for their big games coming in June.
The 2018 season, which began play in April, will have 11 games broadcast by the NFL Network from June 29 – July 19. The final game with the top pro team versus the top amateur team will take place on July 19. The winning team will take home $1 million.