Flag Football Under 14
Flag Football Under 14 All-Time Greatest Team
Waiting until high school to play tackle football has not held back some of the greatest players in NFL history. We assembled the Flag Football Under 14 All-Time Greatest Team, composed entirely of players who did not start tackle football until high school, to illustrate that it is better to wait.
Dozens of other greats narrowly missed the cut for the All-Time Greatest Team, including Drew Brees, Curtis Martin, Kellen Winslow Sr., Clinton Portis, Malcolm Butler, Mike Iupati, Jahri Evans, Charlie Joiner, Jackie Smith, Ben Coates, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Leo Nomellini and many more.
The team demonstrates that choosing to wait until high school did not affect the playing careers of an astonishing number of all-time great players across all positions. Waiting until high school not only didn't hurt their potential as pros, it minimized these athletes’ exposure to subconcussive hits and brain trauma.
Read the stories of how all the players on our All-Time Greatest Team waited until at least high school before they played tackle football, as well as the grade each player was in when they started playing:
QB – Tom Brady, 9th grade
RB – Jim Brown, 9th grade
RB – Walter Payton, 10th grade
WR – Jerry Rice, 10th grade
WR – Tim Brown, 10th grade
TE – John Mackey*, 10th grade
OT – Anthony Munoz, 9th grade
OG – Larry Allen, 11th grade
C – Dermontti Dawson, 11th grade
OL – Matt Birk, 10th grade
OT – Walter Jones, 9th grade
DE – Michael Strahan, 12th grade
DT – Dan Hampton, 11th grade
DT – Warren Sapp*, 10th grade
DE – Julius Peppers, 9th grade
LB – Lawrence Taylor, 11th grade
LB – Willie Lanier*, 9th grade
LB – Harry Carson*, 9th grade
CB – Mike Haynes*, 11th grade
FS – Everson Walls, 12th grade
SS – Jack Tatum, 10th grade
CB – Hanford Dixon, 9th grade
* These players have personally stated to the Concussion Legacy Foundation that they never played tackle football until the age listed.
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