Wuerffel-led flag football team holding tryouts


Former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel is looking for a few good football players to fill out a special roster.

Wuerffel, 43, is the captain of a team of former Gator players that has entered the American Flag Football League’s U.S. Open of Flag Football tournament this spring. The new league has partnered with the NFL Network.

To date, Wuerffel has received commitments from former Gator standouts Brandon James, Frankie Hammond, Major Wright, Chris Doering, Travis McGriff and Moses Jenkins. Former Gator receiver Taylor Jacobs has agreed to join the team as an alternate.

Another possible addition could be former Gator and NFL standout Percy Harvin. On Thursday, Wuerffel posted a picture with himself and Harvin on Twitter asking, “is this former Gator any good for our flag football team?”

“I expect the tournament to be extremely competitive, so I have been working on building a championship roster,” Wuerffel said. “As the word spread, I have had a tremendous amount of interest.”

There is, however, still room on the roster for three-to-five seasoned players from the Gainesville area to fill out the squad. Wuerffel is holding tryouts at UF’s indoor football practice facility Friday night from 7-9 p.m.

Those wishing to try out need to register at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flag-football-tryout-with-danny-wuerffels-gator-alumni-team-in-affls-usof-tickets-44297798909 no later than noon Friday. Participants will need to complete a liability waiver form as part of the registration process. Collegiate athletes with NCAA eligibility remaining are prohibited from the tryout. The tryout is for pre-registered participants only and not open to the public or participant guests.

Other notable names competing in this tournament include Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Justin Forsett, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer. First prize for the tournament is $1 million. First and second-round tournament games will take place on Sunday, April 15 in Bradenton.

Wuerffel said he’s excited about the opportunity to lead the Gator alumni team.

“I believe the rules of the league favor smart, accurate QBs and receivers with great speed,” Wuerffel said. “Thus the desire to form a team was born.”