It’s the middle of summer… do you need your football fix? Did you catch the American Flag Football League on the NFL Network over the weekend? Longtime NFL and Iowa State Football fans would’ve had a chance to relive some of the glory days, when Seneca Wallace was taking snaps from center and scrambling around to make plays.
Wallace is starring in the NFL-backed, AFFL, and his team, Godspeed, is currently in the semifinals of a tournament that will pay out a cool $1 million to the winning team.
He talks to Rick about playing flag football, strategy, his post NFL career and the state of Iowa State Football.
The likeable Wallace spend 10+ seasons in the NFL after two successful years leading Iowa State in 2001/02. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.
Wallace received widespread notice in 2002 while with the Iowa State Cyclones in a play known affectionately to some as “The Run,” in which he traversed back to the 32 yard line before running it in for a 12-yard touchdown versus Texas Tech. While quarterbacking the Iowa State Cyclones in 2001 and 2002, he threw 26 touchdowns.
Post NFL, Wallace, is now owns two restaurants- Wingstops in Ames and Des Moines.
The American Flag Football League (AFFL) brought the remaining eight teams of the US Open of Football (USOF) to Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta on July 7-8, along with some new technology debuting for the sport of football.
This is an NFL-backed league with players from all walks of life and former professional athletes going “all in” for a chance at $1 million. The winners coming out of the Atlanta games, advance to the America’s Bracket Final and Pro Bracket Final on July 14 at Indianapolis’s Butler Bowl, and then the $1 million Ultimate Final (featuring both bracket champions) on July 19 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. The NFL Network has been covering the games with the help of some new tech.