By: Lanetra Bennett
October 11, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Those who may have thought the dream was lost may be able to suit up again soon.
The Minor Football League is coming to the Big Bend area, and the founder says it's more than just football.
Kenneth Alexander was the defensive captain of FSU's first National Championship team in 1993. He went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs, but, says so many aren't afforded the opportunity to play in the NFL.
He says, "You see them kind of putting their life on pause to chase a dream that's really a vista view. Everyone knows that a vista view is a view of nothing."
Alexander says now young men can take their lives off pause, and play -- football that is.
The Minor League Football is starting a team in the Tallahassee area.
Richard Myles is the President and C.E.O. of the MFL. He says, "These are young men in the neighborhood that you know that were good and now they're doing something. They're not just wasting their time. They're doing something and trying to make a difference. That's what the MFL brings to Tallahassee."
The MFL has been around for 21 years. There are 24 teams across the country, consisting of four divisions with six teams in each division. There are 60 players per team.
Myles says a feasibility study finally convinced him that Tallahassee was a great place to expand the Washington, D.C.-based league.
"It brings a form of entertainment down here and economic development, jobs." He says.
There will be six new football and dance teams in the southeastern region.
The MFL has not secured a venue to play footballs games in Tallahassee yet. But, MFL commissioners say they do have their sights and hopes on FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium. They say they are looking at other possibilities as well, including larger high school stadiums.
Myles says the organization is also a 501(c)3. He says besides football, the MFL has 15 programs that work with at-risk youth.
MFL seasons run from June through August. Games are on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Myles says the rules of the game are the same as the NFL, unlike arena football.
To learn more, http://www.themfl.org/.