2028 Olympics: Team USA looking to strike gold in a new competition

By Ally Evans

The NFL may get their version of the “Dream Team” for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

This past week, the International Olympic Committee announced the addition of six new sports to the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Local organizers proposed for the return of baseball, softball, and cricket, and the inclusion of squash, lacrosse, and flag football – all of which were approved. 

While the introduction of all these sports is exciting, American football fans and players have been buzzing about the potential for a dominant flag football team representing the United States.

The NFL has even jumped in on the conversation and sparked rumors about current and former NFL players switching to flag football for the summer. NFL executives have also expressed their opinions, stating that active players participating in the Olympics may be possible. Miami Dolphins star wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, was one of the first current NFL players to express his interest in suiting up for Team USA. Former NFL receiver Dez Bryant posted on X, saying that he “really [wants to] play in the 2028 Olympics flag football games.” Former tight end and future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski has also chimed in, implying that he’s willing to play for Team USA. 

With the United States being an extremely dominant force in the world of traditional American football, it’s safe to say that winning gold may not be a difficult feat for a star-studded Team USA. It’s not farfetched to say that most teams won’t be able to keep up with Tyreek Hill running 22 mph. 

Along with all the hype surrounding these developments, plenty of questions and concerns have been raised. Injuries are the biggest concern. If NFL players were to participate, they run the risk of facing injuries, many of which could impact their participation in upcoming league games. Specific team organizations have not spoken out on this particular topic, but it’s safe to assume that contracts and injury compensation will play a large part in whether current NFL players will be allowed to participate. 

The summer of 2028 is still ways away, leaving the NFL as well as current and former players to think about the possibility. For now, fans will continue to daydream about the reality of an American flag football team in the Olympics. Considering the increasing popularity of flag football around the world, the addition of it in a competition as noteworthy as the Olympics is a major step in the right direction for flag football fans and competitors.