Prolific New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t put on shoulder pads and a helmet until he was a freshman in high school. Now, the 17-year NFL veteran is paying his own youth football experience forward.
Brees is starting a co-ed youth flag football league that he hopes will grow into a safer alternative to tackle football across America. This fall, the Brees-backed Football ‘N’ American league will kick off with teams in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington, La.
“I think that this has the opportunity to really save the game of football, honestly,” Brees told ESPN.com. “I think we’re filling a void that is much-needed. We felt like, you know what, we have the opportunity here to really create what will be the premier youth co-ed flag football league in America.”
According to ESPN, Brees developed the idea with longtime friend and marketing agent Chris Stuart while coaching their sons’ flag football team in San Diego over the past two offseasons. Brees has run into former Chargers teammate Philip Rivers…