Drew Brees has a big vision for football’s future.
As reported by ESPN’s Mike Triplett on Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints quarterback plans to start a co-ed youth flag football league that will begin this fall in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington, La.
Per Triplett, Brees hopes the league expands to other states next year and “possibly nationwide someday.”
“I think that this has the opportunity to really save the game of football, honestly,” Brees said. “I think we’re filling a void that is much needed.”
Brees came up with the idea with friend and marketing agent Chris Stuart. The quarterback played flag football growing up in Texas.
This is a timely topic, given the growing concerns about football’s health dangers. It will be interesting to see if the league takes off. It’s possible that this venture will grow quickly, especially in Louisiana, given Brees’ pull in the state.
Any move to promote football and make the game safer should be embraced. It’s good that more is known about what football can do to the human brain.
Perhaps an effort like this will allow kids to fall in love with the sport and keep them safer.