It’s a great time of the year for football.
In the NFL, playoff teams are gearing up for runs at the Super Bowl.
In college, the bowl season is in high gear and Alabama and Notre Dame are preparing to square off in the national championship game.
At the youth level, NFA has descended on Florida for the Future All Americans Bowl games.
Football players from 27 states are in Tampa for the showcase event, which kicked off on Sunday with two practices and a New Year’s Eve Social.
Bowl games will be played on Thursday, with teams comprised of seventh, eighth and ninth graders competing against each other at Plant Stadium.
Dub Maddox, NFA’s National Camp Director, is handling all of the coaching and game management for the Future All Americans Bowl games.
“I was very pleased with the Day 1 outcome,” Maddox said. “I have been very impressed with the athletes playing in this event, not only their talent but their coachability. The kids have been really focused and the execution after just one day of practices is going to allow them to be well prepared for a great player showcase game.”
Along with the rest of the NFA staff, Maddox does a standout job getting talented young football players ready to play in big-time events like the Future All Americans Bowl.
Maddox is the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach at Jenks High School in Oklahoma, and he helped guide the Trojans to their 13th state title this season.
The Future All Americans Bowl games pit players from NFA against players affiliated with the United Youth Football League.
Players on both sides were selected on the following criteria – academic responsibility, strong work ethic, integrity, coachable spirit and natural talent.
Players will continue to practice and attend team meetings through Thursday, when the FAA Bowl games will be played.
The Grade 7 game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Plant Stadium followed by the Grade 8 game at 3 p.m. and the Grade 9 game at 5 p.m.