Raise your hand if you knew what the American Flag Football was. OK you, you go outside and go for a walk. Yesterday highlights from the AFFL’s inaugural game circulated the internet with clips of recently retired Michael Vick lighting it up. Shocker, a league where Vick can’t get hit and doesn’t have to see over an offensive line and just throw and he lights it up? Another quarterback who the same could be said about should be very familiar to Notre Dame fans – Jimmy Clausen.
The former Notre Dame quarterback starred opposite Vick on Team Owens and it looks like he can throw a nice damn pass. Take a look for yourself, her are the highlights (in case you don’t see them embedded above).
After looking around this morning for an official box score, I was unable to track one down so perhaps the folks at the AFFL will be kind enough to provide a stat line for Clausen. Their official website does not have one listed although I was able to find out that Vick threw for 547 yards and 8 touchdowns. Sounds like a lot but then again Vick put up numbers like that once while in the NFL against the Redskins on Monday Night Football. in 2010.
Clausen isn’t the only former Notre Dame player to take part in the game. Jonas Gray was also listed on the roster for Team Owens along with Clausen. Again, no luck in tracking down any sort of box score or stats for Gray.
The game this week was the first for the AFFL and all proceeds from the $10 tickets went to charity. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution though, the league announced that it will hold their first season in 2018.
It will be interesting to see if this league actually takes off because the highlights did make it look entertaining. The fact that the official website for the AFFL doesn’t even have up a recap or boxscore shows the league has some work to do. A guy like Clausen is still young enough to light up a league like this for years given he doesn’t have to face a pass rush. He just gets to sit back and let it rip.
He’s always been able to do that.
A Second Chance for Jimmy Clausen?
Jimmy Clausen’s NFL career never took off and he was out of the league already by last year, but by the looks of the highlights above, Clausen can still threw a very good looking pass. That was, of course, never the problem for Clausen at Notre Dame or even in the NFL. He’s had a private QB coach since he was a kid and threw one of the nicest looking passes – at least short and intermediate – that you’ll ever see.
Clausen had tremendous accuracy during his collegiate career, but once he got to the NFL, his lack of arm strength and mobility doomed him. He started 10 games as a rookie for Carolina in 2010 but started just four more games the five seasons combined after the Panthers drafted Cam Newton. Eventually Clausen landed in Chicago for a couple seasons and then started two games at the end of the 2015 season for the Ravens. He spent the 2016 season without an NFL team. Clausen finished his career with just 7 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.
If we hear back on Clausen’s official stat line, we’ll update the post. Regardless good luck to Jimmy Clausen in the AFFL. The NFL ship has sailed for the former Notre Dame gunslinger but perhaps he can catch on with the AFFL – if it catches on itself.