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NFL Draft Aids the Launch of Wheelchair Football League

Wheelchair Football League

On this coming Saturday, we expect to witness the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers will do the pick on Saturday, and they have more and better news during the mid-round selection.

Brad Lang, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, and a longtime Panthers fan will have the chance to reveal the team’s pick as well as the new launch of the Wheelchair Football League.

For Land, it seems the dreams of playing football in Wheelchair Football is still valid and about to happen despite all the things happening in the world. People are dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19 that has affected 210 countries with more than 2.9 million cases and over 200,000 deaths.

The world is paining. The worst-hit country at the moment is the USA, with over 946k cases and over 53k deaths. It’s followed by Spain, Italy, France, Germany, UK, etc. This shows that European countries are more hit than any other continent in the world. And one good news is like that of Lang having his hopes met of playing in the Wheelchair Football is something spectacular.

We are living in times where we appreciate even the little. Before that, most things seemed like of no use to us. Retired Sergeant Lang had his bad days in 2011 when an explosion while on duty in Afghanistan led to the loss of his legs. He was forced into the wheelchair life.

The Wheelchair Football League is a project by Disabled Sports USA (DSU), and it also happens that Lang is an advocate for the organization. DSU will now be able to launch the Wheelchair Football League through NFL’s Bob Woodruff Foundation grant.

The first teams to kick off this league includes those in Kansas City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Lang will automatically be one of the participants.

DSU Executive Director, Glenn Merry went to say that they believe that sports have the unique power to bring people together as well as push them beyond what is possible in a way that redefines their ability. Merry concluded with a statement that they are very excited to launch the Wheelchair Football League, and it’s all thanks to the NFL Draft. From such an action, they will help drive a new generation of aspiring athletes to reimagine their ability.

Lang couldn’t hold his happiness about this new opportunity that is a dream for him, even with the NFL Draft being shown digitally. He said in a statement that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he never dreamt ever in his life, and now it’s about time for a new sports venture.

Wheelchair Football League will involve games played on hard surfaces, some in indoors and others outdoors. It will have seven players on each side, and the field will be about 60 yards long and 22 yards wide. Lang’s dream of competing in a sport based on teamwork will now be in place after the Final NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Alfred Lee

Alfred Lee

Alfred is an ardent fan of sports, be it cricket, soccer, or tennis, he has an eye for all. Meticulous cricket writer by the day and an avid FIFA mobile player by the night, his life revolves around sports. The goal is to trott around the globe and to spread happiness through his goofy sense of humour. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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