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Drew Brees Launching New Youth Co-Ed Flag Football League As "Safer" Alternative

Saints QB DREW BREES is "launching a youth co-ed flag football league that he hopes will grow into a safer alternative to tackle football across the country," according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. The "Football 'N' America" league will "kick off this fall in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington, La., before expanding into other states next year and ideally nationwide one day." Brees, who developed the idea with longtime friend and marketing agent CHRIS STUART, said, "I would not let my kids play tackle football right now, because I don't think that's necessary, and I don't think it's as fun at this level, and I just think there's too much risk associated with putting pads on right now at this age." He added, "Flag football is the perfect alternative to the parents who have concerns about concussions and the injuries around football. Because you're still able to enjoy the game of football, but in a very fun, safe and yet competitive environment." Triplett notes Brees will "help to coach the coaches in the Football 'N' America league by providing personal video tutorials and starter playbooks for coaches and commissioners" (ESPN.com, 6/28).