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SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RUSSELL WILSON JOINS NFL FLAG AS CO-OWNER AND CHAIRMAN
CHICAGO, January 31, 2020 – Seattle Seahawks quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson has been named
Co-Owner and Chairman of NFL FLAG. The global partnership, which was announced today, will focus on strengthening NFL FLAG domestically and expanding the league internationally.
In his new role, Wilson will work closely with Reigning Champs Experiences (RCX) President and former NFL safety
Izell Reese to support league development and growth worldwide for both boys and girls. RCX is the official operating partner of NFL FLAG and produces some of the country’s premier youth sports
“Russell is a living example of the positive impact sports can have on young athletes,” said Reese. “He
exhibits the qualities we want to instill in our youth on and off the field and shares NFL FLAG’s commitment to making sports accessible to all
Wilson has worked with the flag football organizations in China, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom
to help spread awareness of the sport and get athletes engaged in the game at a young age. He and his wife Ciara have used sports and music to
connect with the local communities and inspire youth at an international level.
“Russell's demonstrated character, leadership, and international experience will guide NFL FLAG as a
global sport in which everyone can participate—Football for All,” said Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations. “Russell’s ability to bring people together and inspire the
values of football will be transformational in growth and acceptance of American football around the world."
“Participating in community events and organized sports as a child can offer countless physical, mental, and
social benefits,” said Wilson. “These benefits should not be limited to athletes of any age, race, socioeconomic background or gender, and it’s important to create opportunities for
boys and girls from all walks of life to be given these same advantages. We want to create opportunities for kids around the world to experience and learn the sport of
football and our hope is to grow the popularity of the sport on a global level.”
Wilson will make his first official appearance as Co-Owner and Chairman at the NFL FLAG
Summit in Nevada during the NFL Draft, where he’ll speak to NFL FLAG leagues from across the U.S. about new initiatives aimed to better support teams
and expand NFL FLAG’s global footprint.