Good Morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Wednesday, January 27 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Introducing The Russell Wilson NFL FLAG Football League
Flag football was already one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and it just received a major boost in the Puget Sound with a new league, Russell Wilson NFL FLAG Football.
The league will provide access to premier playing facilities, Seahawks and NFL gear and apparel, and exclusive training tips from Russell Wilson. All NFL FLAG participants will also be eligible to compete in the NFL FLAG tournament series, with a chance to compete at the NFL FLAG Championship.
The program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. Locations include Seattle, Renton, Kent, Bothell, Tacoma and Bellevue, and more are expected to be added throughout the year. Registration is currently open through April 4, with the spring season beginning in early May and running through late June. Games will be played exclusively on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
With the health and safety of athletes and staff in mind, all games will follow NFL FLAG Return-to-Play Protocol, as well as federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines. All events will be subject to change, delays and/or cancellation depending on the recommended COVID-19 safety measures.
Wilson became a Co-Owner and Chairman of NFL FLAG in January of 2020, joining a program with over 1,600 locally operated leagues and over 500,000 youth athletes throughout the U.S. While his long-term stated goal is to help increase the global reach of the sport, starting in the local Seattle metro area is an important first step.
"I can't wait to bring the official Russell Wilson NFL FLAG league to the Seattle area this year and provide a fun, inclusive environment for kids to learn and enjoy the game of flag," Wilson said in a press release. "Working with NFL FLAG and helping them lead the way around the world for youth to learn the game of football is one of the most exciting moments in my life. This incredible game will teach kids in Seattle and all over the world life lessons about working as a team and improve their athletic skills, all while providing an experience they will never forget! I'm looking forward to growing the game of flag football globally starting right here in Seattle!"
For more information, and to register, visit www.RussellWilsonNFLFLAG.com.
Big Week For Madden Streams
The Pro Bowl isn't the only Madden competition of note this week. The Madden NFL 21 Club and Youth Club Championships will also feature big showdowns starting tonight.
Meanwhile, the Madden NFL 21 Club Championship has reached the divisional round, where 32 players representing all 32 teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000. Seahawks Madden Club Champion, Dcroft, will battle the NFC West rival 49ers at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be streamed live on EA Madden NFL's Twitch and YouTube. The quarterfinal round will be played on February 4 starting at 3 p.m., and the semifinals and finals on February 5 starting at 3 p.m. Best of luck, Dcroft!
And of course, Pro Bowl: The Madden 21 Edition Presented by Verizon, a virtual version of the Pro Bowl played by real-life Pro Bowlers and celebrities, will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will team up with Seahawks Legend Marshawn Lynch, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to battle on behalf of the NFC. The AFC will be represented by Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, former Pro-Bowl receiver Keyshawn Johnson and rapper Snoop Dogg.
The event will be streamed on NFL's YouTube, Twitter and Facebook channels, as well as EA Madden NFL's Twitch.
Social Post Of The Day
After a relatively quiet rookie year, in large part due to a preseason ankle injury, defensive end L.J. Collier had a much more productive sophomore season, starting all 16 games and racking up 22 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two passes defensed. He's already looking forward ahead to year three.
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