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New Orleans’ “Fighting Cancer” Flag Football Team Awarded $1 Million with National Championship Win

(By Caroline Gonzalez for – What if I told you a team made up of former high school and collegiate athletes plus one former NFL player would defeat a team consisting of Olympic gold-medalists and NFL athletes with 61 years of experience? Well, that’s exactly what people witnessed when they tuned in to NFL Network on Thursday, July 19 as the “amateur” New Orleans-based team, Fighting Cancer, defeated the pro team, Godspeed, 26-6 to win the Ultimate Final of the American Flag Football League.

Fighting Cancer, a team named to honor a former flag football player Jeff Fauria who died after battling cancer, has been playing together in New Orleans for six years. Former NFL wide receiver and New Orleans native Jacoby Jones told he used to play against the flag football team in the summer to keep his skills sharp for the next season.

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