50-year-old Midstate football coach leads flag-football team to AFFL Quaterfinals – WSMV Nashville


Sunday on national TV, a flag football team from the Mid-state area will hit the field in Pittsburgh with a chance to win $1 million dollars. 

The team, The Mean Machine, made it all the way to the American Flag Football League’s Quarterfinals. 

If they go all the way, the will win the cash prize. 

The team is led by 50-year-old quarterback Chris Hughes, the head football coach at Fairview High School. He’s become a cult favorite around the country since the tournament started. 

“The [AFFL]’s been telling me that the social media blitz and everything that’s been coming has been really good for them, and they were talking to me today about all the Instagrams and all the hits they got — they said there’s been a lot of buzz around this game coming up,” Hughes told News4 Sports. “I think they’re hoping I can pull out the win and keep that going for them.”

Hughes leads the AFFL in passing yards and touchdown, and the NFL Network absolutely loves him. 

“It’s just so ironic that a 50-year-old that’s so out of shape can play with the guys in this tournament, and they love the story,” he said. “It’s just a feel-good story.” 

The game airs at 3 p.m. CT on NFL Network. 

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