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NFL Way to Play Youth Awards

The weekly NFL Way to Play awards celebrate the best examples of playing technique from high school and NFL FLAG players.

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High school coaches, do you have a player that exemplifies the NFL Way to Play?

Nominate a player for the award (U.S.)

 

The NFL Way to Play youth awards recognize the excellence demonstrated by youth players who exemplify proper technique to make impactful plays.

Through this initiative, and in partnership with Hudl and NFL FLAG, players will be honored each week during the regular NFL season for demonstrating exceptional in-game playing technique.

Back for its third season, the NFL Way to Play High School Award is expanding. For the 2021 season, there will also be an NFL Canada Way to Play Award and an NFL FLAG Player of the Week

NFL Way to Play High School Award

The NFL Way to Play High School Award is featured nationally on Saturdays on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, and the school of each honoree will receive a $1,500 equipment grant through USA Football.

A panel of representatives from the NFL Football Operations Department selects the player who most positively impacted the game through proper technique:

  • Phil Bogle – 2-year NFL guard, Director of Game Operations
  • Kevin Boothe – 9-year NFL offensive lineman, Director of Football Development
  • Jay Manahan – Director of Player Communications
  • Roman Oben – 12-year NFL offensive tackle, Vice President of Football Development
  • Jon Runyan – 14-year NFL offensive tackle, Vice President of Policy and Rules Administration
  • Troy Vincent – 15-year NFL cornerback, Executive Vice President of Football Operations

Coaches, click here to fill out the form and nominate players for the NFL Way to Play High School Award!

High School Award Recipients

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2021 Way to Play High School Award Week 10 – Noah Johnson

2021 Way to Play High School Award Week 9 – Kenneth Lewis III

2021 Way to Play High School Award Week 8 – Dalyn Harden

NFL FLAG Player of the Week

As an introduction to the NFL Way to Play, the NFL is recognizing one NFL FLAG player each week for demonstrating proper playing technique. Developing proper playing technique and good habits at the NFL FLAG level prepares players to excel in FLAG or make the transition to tackle. Players are evaluated on flag pulling, rushing, footwork, discipline and vision. 

The NFL FLAG Player of the Week will be featured nationally on Saturdays on NFL Network's Good Morning Football in tandem with the High School Award. The NFL FLAG organization of each honoree will receive a $1,500 equipment grant.

A panel of representatives from the NFL and NFL FLAG selects the weekly award winner:

  • Izell Reese – NFL FLAG Executive Director
  • Roman Oben –12-year NFL offensive tackle, Vice President of Football Development
  • Phoebe Schecter – NFL FLAG Ambassador, Former Buffalo Bills Coach
  • Matt Reimel - NFL FLAG Tournament Director
  • Omar Yaques - NFL FLAG Tournament Director

FLAG coaches, click here to fill out the form and nominate players for the NFL FLAG Player of the Week!

NFL FLAG Player of the Week Recipients

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2021 NFL FLAG Player of the Week – Gavin Smith

2021 NFL FLAG Player of the Week – Maci Joncich

2021 NFL FLAG Player of the Week – Brosie Denton

NFL Canada Way to Play High School Award

NFL Canada will recognize an NFL Way to Play High School Award winner every Sunday for 10 weeks (Sept. 19-Nov. 21). The award recipient will be announced on CTV via Bell Media, and the school of each honoree will receive a $1,500 equipment grant. 

A panel of representatives from the NFL Canada Football Development Committee selects the player who most positively impacted the game through proper technique:

  • Aaron Geisler – Executive Director, Ontario Football 
  • Davis Sanchez – NFL and CFL game analyst on TSN, three-time Grey Cup champion
  • Gord Grace – President, OUA
  • Mark Harrison – High school football coach
  • Karen Ouellette – Executive Director, Football Nova Scotia
  • Mike Thomas – Director of Operations, Football Saskatchewan and League Convenor, RYFFL
  • Saadia Ashraf – QB Coach, Team Canada

Coaches, click here to fill out the form and nominate players for the NFL Canada Way to Play Award!

NFL Canada Award Recipients

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2021 NFL Canada Way to Play Award Week 10 – Tyler Bergin

2021 NFL Canada Way to Play Award Week 9 – Cole Gist

2021 NFL Canada Way to Play Award Week 8 – Kristian Gibson

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