Football is easily one of the most popular sports in the U.S. But as a male dominated sport, the NFL is looking for ways to expand to new audiences.
Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations and Buffalo Bills defender, visited Mt. Saint Mary Academy in Buffalo to talk with young women about playing flag football.
Vincent believes flag football programs for girls in Western New York could be a stepping stone to creating similar programs across the state.
Students reached out to Vincent to share their perspective prior to his visit.
“When I was listening to the young ladies today say, ‘I watch a game, but it is a game that I can’t participate in,’ that should be an alarm bell for all of us,” Vincent said. “And just looking at the landscape, not just here domestically, but globally, 20 million people in a ton of different countries play flag football…why not here? And when looking at the letter…it was speaking directly to those who were ushering…the gatekeepers of football…that we can do more.”
You may have heard Vincent’s name a lot lately. He is a big advocate for player safety on numerous platforms, especially following Damar Hamlin’s on field collapse.