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Former Gators to play in U.S. Open Flag Football Tourney this spring

Former University of Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel will captain a team of former Gator players that has entered the American Flag Football League’s U.S. Open of Flag Football tournament this spring.

This is a new league that has formed in partnership with the NFL Network.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete for the AFFL U.S. Open Championship,” the 43-year old former Gator quarterback said. “I believe the rules of the league favor smart, accurate quarterbacks and receivers with great speed, thus the desire to form a team was born.”

To date, Wuerffel has commitments from former Gator Greats Brandon James, Frankie Hammond, Major Wright, Chris Doering, Travis McGriff, Moses Jenkins and Taylor Jacobs will be an alternate.

Many others have expressed interest in participating to Wuerffel.

The Gators currently on the roster have 16 Southeastern Conference Championship and seven National Championship rings among them.

“I expect the tournament to be extremely competitive, so I have been working on building a championship roster,” Wuerffel said. “As the word spread, I have had a tremendous amount of interest.”

Other notable names competing in this tournament include Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Justin Forsett, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer.

While Wuerffel plans to build a 12-man roster with primarily former University of Florida football players, he also is expecting to select anywhere between 3-to-5 seasoned flag football players from the Gainesville area to fill the squad.

First- and second- round games of the tournament will be played on Sunday, April 15 in Bradenton, Fla.

All games in the league will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Special to The Herald