Soccer flag he’s coming to the Olympics and the two-time NFL MVP wants in.
In October, the International Olympic Committee added five sports for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, with flag football making the games for the first time.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked if he would be interested in playing ahead of his team’s game against the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt, Germany.
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“NFL football, American football, has gone further, around the world, with flag football coming to the Olympics. I think it’s really cool, because football is a great game that has given me so much and I want to make sure everyone has the same experience that I had growing up,” Mahomes said at a news conference, according to the Olympics website.
“I definitely want to, but I’ve seen some of these guys play flag football and they’re a little faster than me,” he said. “I know there aren’t, like, linebackers blocking for you. I’ll be 31, 32 years old, so if I can still get around then, I’ll try to get out there and throw the football maybe in L.A. Just don’t tell Coach Reid or [general manager Brett] Veach or whoever,” he joked.
Flag football was added to the 2028 games along with cricket, baseball-softball, lacrosse and squash.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell congratulated the International Federation of American Football on the achievement of sanctioning the sport.
“It is a huge honor for any athlete to represent their country at the Olympics,” he said in a statement. “We have no doubt that this decision will inspire millions of young people around the world to play this game in the years to come.
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“The NFL is committed to working together to strengthen flag football’s place in the Olympic movement for the long term, and we look forward to continuing this exciting journey with IFAF, the LA28 Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee and USA Football.”
Shortly after the announcement that flag football would be an Olympic sport, NFL director Peter O’Reilly said the league would work with the players and the players union to clear the way for NFL players to compete.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.